A collection of apparel from Meredith Village shops will modeled by local residents. Businesses participating in the fashion show include Winni Denim and Supply Co.,Adornments, Lady of the Lake, Bella Beads, The Guest House, A Creative Studio, Great Northern Trading Co., Providence, Gallery 51, The Country Carriage and Bootleggers.
If you think Hermit Woods Winery’s wine is good now, it’s likely to get a lot better very soon. Thanks to an equipment loan from Meredith Village Savings Bank, Hermit Woods has upgraded its entire production line.
“We are always striving to make the best wine we can possibly produce, this new equipment will go a long way towards making that happen” says Ken Hardcastle, wine maker at Hermit Woods. “We will be able to handle our fruit and wine more gently during production, have a cleaner, sterilized work environment, greater filtering capabilities, and an improved bottling line.” Says Ken, “ and this is just the beginning.”
Talking with Ken about all the possibilities now available to him, it is clear how excited and passionate he is about putting his new tools to work. According to Ken, some of this new technology will put Hermit Woods on the cutting edge of wine making in New Hampshire. One example of this is their new McClain Ozone Generator, an organic solution to optimal sterilization of the winery and winemaking equipment.
It’s not just about making better wine either, some of the new equipment will allow Hermit Woods to produce sparkling wine and cider for the first time. They hope to have these new products available by this fall.
The owners of Hermit Woods took the acquisition of this new equipment very seriously, spending over six months researching industry standards. Their research brought them to California and the country’s largest wine conference, Unified. “Attending Unified provided us the perfect opportunity to meet manufacturers first hand and choose the best equipment,” said Bob Manley. While in California, the partners also took the opportunity to meet with wine makers from Napa and surrounding wine regions to learn from the best.
More recently, the Hermit Woods team attended the Eastern Winery Exposition in Syracuse, NY, where they again met with manufacturers and visited local wineries that have been making wine a lot longer than they have. “It is so exciting seeing what others are doing and aspiring to bring what we have learned to bear on our own wine” says Ken.
As Hermit Woods Winery enters their second year in their new home in Meredith, NH, they are eager to share the results of their new technology with their customers. If you want to learn more about what they are up to, tours are available every Saturday and Sunday year round, Ken would be more than happy to show you around.
The finalists are in and Hermit Woods Winery has the opportunity to win a grant for $10,000 and marketing support from Samuel Adams Brewing Company. We just need your vote on the finalists website below:
We would also appreciate it if you would spread the word amongst your friends in the hope that they too will support us by casting their vote.
The Hermit Woods Team
Gala Tasting Fundraiser November 1 at Laconia Country Club
Over 700 people came out to visit the Lakes Region of New Hampshire’s wineries for their 4th Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend. “It was our biggest year ever,” said Bob Manley from Hermit Woods Winery, the organizer of the event. “We can’t thank everyone who came out to visit us this weekend enough, you make it all possible.”
Wine enthusiasts from all over New England converged on the Lakes Region to sample wine, tour wine making facilities, meet the wine makers and taste wine right from the barrels where the wine is being aged.
Participating wineries included: Gilmanton Winery, Sap House Meadery, Haunting Whisper Vineyards, Newfound Lake Vineyards, Coffin Cellars, and Hermit Woods Winery.
“By all accounts, this year’s event was a success. The feedback we have received from participants has been wonderful, all the wineries are reporting seeing 10-20% more people than years past,” said Bob. “We look forward to this event each year, it is such a great opportunity to share our knowledge and wine with wine lovers from all over and have a great time doing it.”
Everyone who visited at least four wineries was entered into a raffle for a chance to win wonderful prizes donated by the many sponsors; visitors of all six were eligible to win the grand prizes. Sponsors included Mill Falls at the Lake, Lake House at Ferry Point, Steele Hill Resort, The Black Swan Inn, The Nutmeg Inn, the Coppertoppe Inn, The Henry Whipple House, Millstone at 74 Main, and the Flying Goose Pub. The lucky winners will be announced shortly.
The Lakes Region wineries are already planning next year’s event, which will be held on October 3rd and 4th, 2015.
To view images from the weekend, follow this link: www.hermitwoods.com/photography/barrel_tasting_weekend-2014/
New Hampshire’s Lakes Region wineries will be holding their fourth annual Barrel Tasting Weekend on October 4thand 5th. This year there will be six participating wineries: Coffin Cellars, Gilmanton Winery, Sap House Meadery, Haunting Whisper Vineyards, Newfound Lake Vineyards, and Hermit Woods Winery.
Building off the success of last year’s event, where nearly 700 people from throughout New England participated, the Lakes Region wineries are anticipating an even bigger and better event this year. Bob Manley from Hermit Woods Winery, the organizer of the event, had this to say: “Even with heavy rain almost the entire weekend last year, we still had an incredible turnout and everyone had a great time. Should the weather cooperate, we expect an even greater turnout this year.”
This is an exciting event whereby guests will have the opportunity to taste young wines directly from the oak and stainless steel barrels in which they are fermenting and aging. Not only will it be a unique opportunity to taste wine in the early stages of its development, visitors will be able to meet the winemakers, tour the winemaking facilities, and learn all about the winemaking process. In addition, many of the wineries will be hosting other local vendors during the event, and offering special foods and wine-related items to guests.
The Lakes Region Wineries again plan to partner with local businesses to make this event a community wide success. Many businesses participated in previous events, including Tomina’s Cookie Dough, Little Linda’s Embroidery, Red Fox Farm, Vinona Glen Farm, Blackwater Mustard, Still Seeking Farm, Mystic Eye Creations, Buconnoisseurble and Flame Soap and Candle, For Crumbs Sake, Jehu Hot Sauce, Laconia Village Bakery, Bread Peddler, Back Door Farm, Krebs Farm, Salisbury Bakery, Huntoon Farm, Forever Boards, 2 Sisters Wine Jelly, Mill Run Spices, Sugar Whisperers, Fen Ridge Farm, and Meadows Pond Homemade Soaps. We hope that these and many other Lakes Region Businesses will join in the festivities this year.
Once again, there will be wonderful prizes valued at over $3,000 for those guests who visit the most wineries during the course of the weekend. This year’s prizes included a three night package at Lake House at Ferry Point, a two-night stay at Mill Falls at the Lake, a two night stay at The Black Swan Inn in Tilton, a two-night stay at Steele Hill Resort, a night stay at the Coppertoppe Inn, a night stay at the Henry Whipple House in Bristol, dinner for two at Millstone at 74 Main, dinner for two at Gilmanton Winery’s restaurant, a $50 gift certificate to The Common Man Family of Restaurants, and a gift basket from participating wineries valued at over $150, $25 gift certificates at The Flying Goose Brew pub,. Door prizes and gifts will also be available at all the wineries during the event.
The event organizers really want this to be an event everyone can enjoy and participate in. “We want to provide a unique opportunity for everyone to learn about and appreciate wine,” said Bob Manley of Hermit Woods Winery. “Whether you’re a novice who is just learning about wine or a seasoned wine connoisseur, there will be something here for everyone.”
All six Lakes Region wineries pride themselves on crafting quality New Hampshire traditional, fruit, and honey wines, many of which have received awards in national and international tastings. Most of the wineries grow their grapes in their own vineyards, and all of them utilize locally grown fruit and honey as much as possible, working closely with local farmers and pickers to find the best possible fruit with which to make their wine. Lakes Region wines are available in the wineries’ tasting rooms and restaurants, as well as at local wine shops and eateries.
Participants must purchase a Lakes Region Barrel Tasting Commemorative Wine Glass to participate. Glasses will be available at all participating wineries and will cost $12.00. Click Here to learn more
Hermit Woods Winery was invited by Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor for Food and Wine Magazine, to share our Petite Blue Reserve with Kathy Lee and Hoda on the Today show on Wednesday July 9th. Much to our delight, both Kathie Lee and Hoda liked our wine.
While attending a panel discussion in March hosted by Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor at Food and Wine Magazine, we had a chance to share our Petite Blue Reserve with the panel and other guests of the event. Ray Isle liked the wine enough that last week he asked if we would mind if he shared it with Kathie Lee and Hoda on the Today Show. Of course we were more than delighted and promptly delivered our wine to New York.
The show will be on Wednesday morning, July 9th from 10:00 to 11:00 and it is likely our wine will be on around 10:45 am.
New England can be a confusing place when it comes to wine. As wine regions go, we are like an infant taking their first steps or uttering their first words. We have a lot of growing up to do. In this confusion, fruit wine, or non-grape wine, takes center stage.
With wineries popping up throughout New England like wild flowers in Spring, a place not really known for their wine grapes, fruit wine is in abundance. If you have ever toured a New England wine trail, you have no doubt discovered many interesting concoctions, and if your experience is anything like mine, most of them have been sweet.
Don’t get me wrong, more traditional grape wines are to be found in New England (often sweet as well) and in greater numbers every year, but other fruits play a much bigger role in this part of the world than in other wine regions. And maybe this is as it should be; New England is home to an abundance of wonderful fruit that thrives in our climate with little assistance from us.
At Hermit Woods Winery, we have found that using old-school wine making techniques combined with some new approaches in wine making and blending, we can produce non-grape wines that satisfy even the most hardened grape wine enthusiasts.
By blending apples, peaches, pears, rosehips, and autumn berries (just to name just a few), we craft well-balanced, complex dry white wines made for sipping or pairing with a meal. Many of our red wines are crafted from blends of blueberries, blackberries, currents, and other dark fruits found growing wild across the northeast, and aged in oak for as long as two years. Again, offering the balance and complexity of a more traditional dry red and pairing well with a wide variety of food.
We have also found, contrary to what many fruit wine makers will tell you, well made fruit wine has the potential to improve with age. We are developing an ever-increasing library of wines that go back several years and are achieving outstanding results.
Sadly, the lack of understanding of non-grape wine is why so many of our wine-loving customers do an about face and make a beeline for the door when they see that our wine list is made up largely of fruit and honey wines. As someone who has had the pleasure of sampling and enjoying wines from many more famous wine regions of the world, I can’t say that I blame them. My only hope is that I get to the door before them and that they give me two minutes to help dispel their biases before they leave.
All of us at Hermit Woods Winery appreciate a great California or French wine as much as anyone. The bar has been set for what a great wine is for hundreds of years and it is our challenge to continue in that tradition using non-traditional fruit.
Gone are the days when the only fruit wines available are syrupy sweet and hearken back to the glory days of Boone’s Farm wines. However, we still have much work to do to change that mind set, it’s been around a long time!
Hermit Woods Winery would like to thank the editors of New Hampshire Magazine for recognizing our fruit wines by awarding us Editor’s Pick for best fruit wine in New Hampshire.
Hermit Woods Winery takes great pride in crafting wine from locally sourced, often organic fruit, in the style of the better known and more traditional grape wines. We offer a wide variety of dry style red and white wines that offer the character and complexity of many of the wines we have come to love from California and France and other wine regions of the world. Through his understanding of the art and science of making fine wine, and the use of both traditional wine making techniques as well as modern approaches, our Vintner, Ken Hardcastle has taken fruit wine to a whole new level.
Visit our tasting room at 72 Main Street in Meredith NH and discover what New Hampshire Magazine discovered. We look forward to sharing our award winning wine with you.