A recent guest left this review for us on TripAdvisor last week and we wanted to share. We have worked very hard to craft wines that, as this reviewer points out, “rival grape wines” using the fruit that grows here, true NH terrior.
“Fruit Wine Shouldn’t Be Good but…”
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Well, maybe fruit wine is good? This is a first for me.
I normally think of fruit wine as a wine for people who don’t like real wine. I even commented to my wife, as she was dragging me into Hermit Woods that “our 12 year old son can make a terrible fruit wine.”
I stand corrected. Hermit Woods is somehow making dry fruit (and honey) wines with complexity. Their fruit wines suprisingly genuinely rival grape wine. I also admit that I was confused by how good their wines are.
They claim that their fruit wines have extended shelf lives that surpass many wines. I plan to find out. Additionally, they are aging many or most of their wines in oak barrels. Their acidity levels seem spot on.
Hermit Woods should be proud of what they’re building here. They are the only winery that I know of who have pulled off making fruit wines at this high of a level. This might be revolutionary in the wine making world.
I did not like all of their wines. Apparently, honey is not for me. Out of the 6 we tasted, 4 were extraordinary. That’s an extremely high success rate, I’m picky.
Owner and vintners seem very scientific in their approach and appear to be leaving nothing to chance except the experiments in their carboys.
I don’t understand the snail in their logo.
I highly recommend the Lake House Red and Lake House White, both dry and both complex; Extraordinary.
Visited October 2016
The following is the response we wrote to on TripAdvisor to his review:
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughtful response to your experience at Hermit Woods Winery, we were all humbled by your kind words and generous compliments.
As it seems you understand, Ken, Chuck, and I are very passionate about what we do. We all have grown to love drinking the wonderful classic wines of the famous wine regions of the world. When we decided to start a winery here in NH, we wanted to make wine that would satisfy our well traveled palates and as you say, “rival grape wine.” However, we wanted to do so with the true terrior of our region and this meant we had to work with the fruit that grows here. It has taken us over 10 years to get to where we are now and I am sure many more before we reach to level of excellence we strive for. However, as with you, we are very excited about the progress we have made and the unique wines we have developed.
With regard to our snail logo. We took our name from a famous hermit, Joseph Plummer, who lived in the woods near were we started our winery, Hermit Woods. Joseph died in 1882 and you can discover his gravestone and foundation to his home should you venture into Hermit Woods forest. You can read the full story of the hermit on our website here: About/The Hermit. Not wanting a hermit on our label we chose a snail, a critter you might discover in the woods of Meredith and one that represents the slow process of making wine. It didn’t hurt that the “burgundy snail” is a prized delicacy in one of our favorite wine regions of the word.
I hope you will visit us again someday, we would love to share more of the exciting thing we are doing with you. Let us know if you are going to be in the area and we will try and make our selves available to you.
Bob, Ken, and Chuck