Sketch of the “Caboose” label: represented by the train that passed on the “Rock Island Trail” for many years through downtown Stover

Sketch of the “Caboose” label: represented by the train that passed on the “Rock Island Trail” for many years through downtown Stover

Stover Lore

The list below shows the wines that are included in the “Stover Lore” series. Generally, these will be dry and sweet blends or fruit wines. From the “Shop” page you can click each specific wine and scroll down to see the full origin story.

Caboose

Perfect Pear

Storybook Red

Blackberry Patch

Knockout Red

Blossom

 

The original settlers of the area were a few miles southwest of modern day Stover. That famed location is south of the Rock Island Railroad that came through in the early 1900’s, around the same time a tornado tore through Old Stover.

Stover history has sometimes mistakenly attributed the tornado as the sole reason for the relocation. While it may have made the decision easier, and as the “Stover Centennial” (1903-2003) clarifies, a few of these early visionaries realized the town needed to be situated directly on the railroad. The rest is history.

By count of population, modern day Stover hasn’t changed much over the span of 100 years. However, us Stoverites are still as proud of our town as the many generations that came before us. We are still pioneering into new things (fiber internet, anyone?) and rediscovering things once thought forgotten, like growing grapes and community togetherness, to name a few.

Stover has active groups, businesses, a lovely park, a vibrant and growing school that now features a state-of-the-art dome, and churches with congregations that have stood the test of time. A trip to the lake area isn’t complete until you have visited the little towns sprinkled around it that have been here longer than it has. Towns like Stover and the people that call it home are the true gems of the Midwest!