Why do we call our live music nights “Starboard night on deck?”
Starboard is a nautical term and refers to the right-hand side, facing forward on a boat.
The Boenker’s were inspired to use the term Starboard to give love to the Navy and what it has meant to their family. Matthew Boenker’s father was in the Navy (Seabees) during WW II. Matthew always dreamed of also traveling the world and serving his country and he too joined the Navy in 1975.
The Navy is also special to the Boenker’s because that is where Matthew and his wife Jo Lynn met. She was a photographer during Vietnam and they got married in 1978. The Boenker’s have 5 children. Four are also serving our country with three in the Army and one in the Air Force.
“We wanted to use a nautical theme when we opened up our winery, because we love the Navy and all the opportunities it has given us,” says Matthew Boenker.
When we were naming our wines, we wanted to name our Norton dessert wine “Port and Starboard” which means nautically: left and right.
When we sent in our label to the TTB (formerly Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)), we were rejected because it had the name Port on it as the fanciful name. The second time we sent it in we chose the name “Left of Starboard” and again it was rejected by the TTB. They were onto us, that Left of Starboard really means Port The third time we chose to just name it “Starboard” Norton dessert wine and that took!
We named our live music nights “Starboard Night on Deck” (or Right Night), since we also want our guests to have a great “right night” at the winery.
Stop by and see all of the spring updates we have made at Boenker Hill Vineyard and Winery: newly planted flowers, new landscaping, plus for our “Starboard Night on Deck” live music, we built a new stage. Check out our full list of bands here.
We are so excited to announce we have all of our permits and Boenker Hill Vineyard and Winery is open! Stop by and visit this weekend. We are open Friday and Saturday 10am – 8pm and Sunday’s Noon- 5pm. Check out our Visit us page to find out more!
Owner, Matthew and Jo Lynn Boenker are raising funds to save the centennial farm from being sold to a large corporation. The 34 acre farm was gifted to 17 grandchildren and 10 family members want to be bought out. This is our last attempt to save the farm which I believe is a worthwhile project; for St. Louis and the entire community and in the creation of jobs!
We have gone to 7 local and out of state banks to find this loan or come up with some type long range plan and was refused by all; similar to many small business. I then learned about Crowdfunding and felt this was my last hope asking individuals thru social media, for a donation and belief in our dream to create a place for weddings, parties and social events and to keep the farm in operation. Once it’s sold, it’s gone forever!
With the Good Lord’s help and strong belief of “His will be done”, we are humbly asking you to please donate any amount; $1.00, $5.00 anything will be much appreciated. The funds we receive will be shown on the website showing our success. This will be a Vineyard, Winery and Wedding Reception Center in St. Louis County, a place where all families are welcome now and in the future. This was a gift and we don’t want to lose it. If you are interested in donating, please click here.
We were so excited to host our first wedding in September! Check out the photos below. Interested in hosting a winery wedding in St. Louis County? Enjoy the rustic feel of our old farm and plan your wedding at Boenker Hill Vineyard and Winery. For more information go here.
On September 10, 2014, Null Construction Bruce and son Jacob and Team drove the last nails, cleaned up the saw dust and finished the inside and outside of this beautiful 54 year old barn and changed it into a Winery. Come see the Outstanding work Null Construction along with the guidance of Architect Steve Schneider did and can do for others. And they did this all with Love.