"We can get everything just as good in Tyler. We can produce it in Tyler."
Pierre de Wet is the man behind Kiepersol Enterprises INC.-- a self-made empire, years in the making.
He says, "I've always made my life, my living-- farming."
A self-described "localist", de Wet moved to Tyler back in 1984 from South Africa.
And, in '94, he bought his first piece of property and made it--- a family affair.
In 1997, the de Wet family planted their first acre.
And now, it's more than 60.
Little did he know--- it would flourish into what it is today.
de Wet says, "We chose wine grapes because we can change it from a perishable crop, put it in a bottle and sell it at a time when the market wanted it."
de Wet planted 14 varieties of wine grapes, that most skeptics say, you can't grow in East Texas.
But obviously, they're wrong.
And, de Wet has it down to a science.
He says, "There's quite a few numbers and figures that go along with it, to make good wine."
de Wet says, "Everything we've done, we really try to make ourselves proud and make Tyler proud of what local people can do."
And this "local" is just getting started.
He prides himself on offering good wine from his vineyard, good food from his "true texas chop house" and good company.
He says, "over the years, the thing we missed was good music."
Good music, he says, you can now find a Bushman's-- a new place built for parties and conventions.
Another add-on to the Kiepersol name.
Like we said--- it's just the beginning.
De Wet says, "If you look at the next generation. It's just excitement. They're young. They're energetic. They can take Kiepersol in Tyler in directions we can not even imagine."
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