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A land of mystery and fine wines

The city of Anadarko, located at the junction of State Highways 281 and 62 in central Oklahoma, is renowned for its many Native American memorials and historical representations, such as Indian City, U.S.A. Cultural Center where visitors can tour the villages of seven Plains Indian tribes, the National Hall of Fame for Famous American Indians, and the Southern Plains Indian Museum.

As with all of Oklahoma, Anadarko is steeped in Native American history, but some of its contemporary value is in the qualities of the highly oxidized red dirt.

Engineer Dale Pound noticed this anomaly when he began to search for the perfect place to build his winery. The climate zone, easy access on well maintained, scenic roads, and land reminiscent of that in Spain and Southern Italy, were the perfect ingredients for what has rapidly become one of the most popular vineyard destinations in the state.

Woods & Waters Winery and Vineyard is Caddo County's first and largest commercial winery. Established in 1998, this 600-acre ranch with its rolling hills, lush trees, numerous ponds, and abundant sunshine, is now home to 11 varieties of wine grapes. And, due to the exhaustive efforts of owners Dale and Lena Pound, this land is more than the home of distinctive award winning wines. It is also a popular destination.

Everything about Woods & Waters is enticing; the unique tasting room and luscious wines, the creative merchandise in the gift shop, The Bistro where Lena creates her scrumptious cuisine each weekend and for special occasions, the Event Center where groups meet comfortably in any weather, the surrounding grounds of lush, rural splendor--ideal for love's first bloom and idyllic for a fairy tale wedding.

The magic of this vineyard is also the background for monthly art exhibits and artist receptions, as well as Dale and Lena's monthly Supper Club where guests are invited to learn the proper pairings as they partake of fabulous gastronomy and the perfect wine. The dates for these events are irregular so visit www.woodsandwaterswinery.com to keep up with the Calendar of Events.

Each year, the winery hosts several "festivals." In the spring, there is the Bud Break, and fall brings the Grape Stomp. This spring will be the beginning of yet another innovation, a Vineyard Tram, where visitors can sit back and enjoy the view as they tour the winery and vineyard and learn about the wonders of Oklahoma's burgeoning wine grape industry.

Oklahoma is a land of mystery. The "red dirt" of Oklahoma is a reminder of the shadows of a past and the genesis of a new tomorrow.

Make time to visit Woods & Waters Winery. Call 580-588-2515 or take a virtual tour at www.woodsandwaterswinery.com.

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