After selling their popular winery and distillery in 2016, Leon and Kayla Glaser are getting back into the wine business.
Formerly the owners of Glaser Estate Winery, the Glasers welcomed guests into their new winery earlier this month, JosephJane Winery.
The couple decided to name the winery after their middle names, Joseph and Jane. The couple married in June at the winery, where they plan to host more small weddings and events.
JosephJane offers a viognier, pinot gris, muscat, syrah and novino. Later on, the Glasers plan to expand the menu to a barrel-fermented chardonnay, malbec, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir.
Leon Glaser ran Glaser Estate Winery in Roseburg with his parents since 2010, until they sold it to new owners, Roger and Angel Paul, in September 2016. Kayla Glaser is a nurse at Mercy Medical Center’s day surgery department.
Leon and Kayla Glaser decided to open their own winery with their own brand and label.
“It’s his passion so he needs to follow that, and I’m excited to be a part of it,” Kayla Glaser said. The winery’s name on the wine labels is Kayla Glaser’s own handwriting.
Once they found the 4.3-acre property, located at 155 Lower Garden Valley Road, in Roseburg, they decided to buy it in November 2016.
“We’re super happy with this spot,” Leon Glaser said. When they bought the land, it was just bare ground, so they could build whatever they pleased. Now, a newly constructed 3,400 square-foot building acts as a winery and tasting room, next to an outdoor patio with a fire pit and seating.
The Glaser’s dogs, Tiller, Kevi and Bandit, greet customers at the tasting room, which Kayla Glaser described as having a modern, rustic style. She said the owners of The Parrott House built the winery’s 12-foot-long bar, providing space for groups to gather for wine tasting events.
The Glasers buy their grapes from vineyards around the state and make all of their wine at JosephJane. They also produce wine for other wineries, including Glaser Estate.
The Glasers plan to continue buying most of their grapes, but this week they planted their first vineyard of 156 vines of pinot noir grapes.
“It grows well here, so there’s no point in fighting it,” Leon Glaser said.
Kayla Glaser said they plan to remain a small winery — without a distillery — while also offering beer on tap and their own hard cider.
While excited about their new business, the Glasers are also looking forward to the birth of their daughter soon.
JosephJane Winery will be open for wine tastings from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. There is no tasting fee, and the wine bottles cost an average of $25.