Fifth in a series on the 2013 vintage at three New England wineries
BARNARD, VT. The call went out earlier in the week to friends and neighbors that the harvest, or at least portions of it, would be arriving at the little cantina here in the Chateauguay on the upcoming Sunday. It was time for all those who had volunteered to help vintners Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber manage it to don their work duds and put in an appearance. At least 20 did, and by the end of the day dozens of barrels of berries from vineyards in Vergennes, Vermont (around 60 mi west of here) had been variously sorted, crushed, pressed, and vatted.
“Given the way the season started (see earlier report here) the fruit is great,” Heekin says, “but the amount of grapes we need to process is daunting.” That’s 9000 lbs of fruit vs. 2500 from 2012 – a big jump for the Lilliputian winery. The total is comprised of purchased fruit from vineyards in West Addison (processed the previous weekend) and Vergennes with grapes from the 1 acre planted here on the Hunger Mountain farmstead. [Read more…]