In the 1990s, the Hofmanns — Mary and Rudi — bought a farm at 8644 E. 2100 North Road in Carlock. They planted grapes and went on to open White Oak Vineyards and Winery in 2003. It was renamed to Sunset Lake Vineyards & Winery two years ago. They have done everything from planting and tending to the vines as well as making the wines and selling it. However, health issues are forcing the 60-somethings to retire, and they have not been able to sell their business as of this story so it is scheduled to close in June.

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