All the wines we make are from hybrid grapes and apples that are either unsprayed, or farmed using organic/biodynamic/ecological practices. We do not add yeast, enzymes, sugar, tannin, water or anything else to our wines. Sometimes, depending on the year and the wine, we may add a small amount of sulfur dioxide (sulfites) to our wines to keep them stable. The legal limit of sulfites in the US is 300 parts per million, however the maximum we add is 30 parts per million. Aside from that, we add nothing to the wine. Well-farmed grapes, native yeasts, time and love are our ingredient list. This is real wine!
The wines taste unique, because this is a unique and intense place to grow grapes. So, our wines taste, smell, and look different than wines made using industrial techniques. This is something to be celebrated; they are a true expression of what New Hampshire wine can be!
The grapes come from Mermaid Vineyard in Concord, NH, where the soil is sandy glacial till with characteristic rusty rocks, as seen on the label. The 2020 season was very dry and hot, a nearly ideal growing season. The wine is red and white grapes fermented whole cluster with partial carbonic maceration for 6 days, and aged in glass demijohn and flextank. A vivid and remarkable expression of fruit, earth and warm spices - This what is possible here in the Granite State! No sulfites added.
Start Vibe 2021
The grapes come from an abandoned vineyard in Vermont up at 1,200 ft elevation. The wine is red & white grapes fermented whole cluster w/ partial carbonic maceration. The apples are Empires, from Chertok Wines orchard near Lake Champlain in Shoreham, VT. The Empires were frost-cured, then pressed & blended with the fermenting grape juice. The fermentation finished in the bottle, giving a delightful fizz to the wine - It's like a blackberry-grape disco for your tastebuds!
No sulfites added.
Autumn Wine 2021
The grapes come from the oldest vineyard in NH (maybe the northeast!), with the oldest plantings dating to 1969. The 2021 season was warm and wet, with record rain in July. The wine is a whole-cluster cofermentation of DeChaunac, Marechal Foch, Marquette, Prairie Star, and Louise Swenson for 20 days before being pressed in a old oak barrel. An intense expression of the grey clay soil and resilient vines.
No sulfites added.
Grapevine Run 2021
The grapes come from a vineyard just 2.9 miles from the ocean, right next to Great Bay Estuary. The vines are planted in the front yard of a home, and were picked late in 2021, around mid-October. The wine is whole cluster Sevyal Blanc & Vignoles, with partial carbonic maceration, pressed after 4 days and aged in glass demijohn. This wine had a slow natural malolactic conversion ending in July '22. This wine is energetic, friendly, delightfully refreshing! 14ppm sulfite added.
Rather than a single year's bottling, this is a blend of wines from years 2018 through 2022. Each year, we add some of the new wine to the solera barrel, and then remove some of the solera wine for bottling. The remainder rests in neutral oak barrels until the following vintage, when it will again be refreshed with new wine, and then some bottled. This wine is a charming and elusive expression of red grapes, wild & cultivated apples, and natural biological aging from a beautiful flor which develops naturally in our cellar. No sulfites added.
Rather than a single year's bottling, this is a blend of wines from years 2017 through 2022. Each year, we add some of the new wine to the solera barrel, and then remove some of the solera wine for bottling. The remainder rests in neutral oak barrels until the following vintage, when it will again be refreshed with new wine. This wine is a charming and elusive expression of white grapes, wild & cultivated apples, and natural biological aging from a beautiful flor which develops naturally in our cellar. 11ppm sulfite added.