We have fantastic soil for cultivating wine grapes; our location, on a hilltop, is perfectly situated and receives all-day sunlight throughout the growing season. Our vines were planted in the Spring of 2018. Monitoring the health, vigor and growth of our test plot and the impact of our micro-climate on vine health, will provide us with important insights for expanding the vineyard at a future date.
It typically takes 3-5 years for vines to mature and produce a "good" harvest suitable for wine production. Our initial test plot should provide 300 - 500 bottles/year under normal conditions once the vines are fully mature.
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The Vineyard at Whiteface Hollow
The vines for our vineyard are in the ground! We prepared the beds in the Fall of 2017 and planted 1/4 acres earlier this Spring. Six cold hardy grape varieties, three red and three whites, were selected from the University of Minnesota's and Elmer Swenson's special viniculture grape breeding programs for their ability to produce superior tasting, medium and full bodied fruity wine that can grow and mature in our New England Climate.