Very seldom when you are looking at getting close to retirement do you start a whole new venture, but Shari and Dr. Kelby Trusty did just that. Kelby, with an under graduate degree in Microbiology began taking classes at Grayson County College and making wine as a hobby. Two years of wine making turned Kelby’s hobby into a passion. Shari Trusty, raised on a farm in Oklahoma, had always enjoyed harvesting and planting anything with a green leaf, so she started looking into the art of growing grapevines. When a property that had been in the Daniels family for many years on FM 2931 outside Aubrey, became available, Kelby and Shari were able to purchase the property. At first they just looked at it as an investment but the more they went out to the property the more they fell in love with the location. They decided it was the perfect location for a vineyard with an open pasture in front to grow their grapes, an area to dig a pond to use to water the grapes, a home large enough for a tasting room and private party room for customers to reserve for special occasions and land at the back for small overnight rentals. So… Fortunata Winery was born. Jon Marc, their son, moved back from Colorado Springs to become a partner in the family winery.