Winnipesaukee Rosé

2016 Winnipesaukee Rosé     $24.95 (750 ml) Club Price $19.96 (Click Here to Purchase Online)winnipesaukee_rose-april-2017-004a

A blend of two classic New England fruits: cranberries and apples in this rich, sweet and tangy wine.  Made with whole organic cranberries, locally sourced heirloom Kingston Black apples, and fresh-pressed heirloom cider.  Enjoy this wine chilled on its own or with roast turkey, smoked cheese, or vinaigrette salad. 10% of the sale of this wine goes to support the Lake Winnipesaukee Association. Drink 2017-2019

winnipesaukee_rose_release-004Hermit Woods partnered with a Meredith artist and the Lake Winnipesaukee Association in the creation of our new Rosé to raise awareness and funds for the organization.

One of the most important resources in the winemaking process is water, so when Hermit Woods Winery learned that the Lake Winnipesaukee Association was dedicated to protecting Lake Winnipesaukee’s water quality and natural resources we wanted to help.

Ken_Hardcastle-WinemakerKen Hardcastle, Hermit Woods founder, and winemaker, understands the importance of our water resources better than most. Before starting Hermit Woods Winery, Ken was a geologist working for a local firm, Emery & Garrett Groundwater for over 25 years helping organizations and municipalities up and down the eastern seaboard find and manage their water needs. Now, as the Hermit Woods winemaker, Ken values our water resources more than ever.

As Ken explains, “Water is one of our most important resources in the making of wine. Not only is it used extensively in the sanitation process, it is often used as an ingredient. We can’t make wine without it, and we can’t make great wine without great water. Thanks to organizations like the Lake Winnipesaukee Association, we have great water here in Meredith.”

When Pat Tarpey, Executive Director of the Lake Winnipesaukee Association, introduced herself to Hermit Woods, and let us know the important role her organization plays in the protection of their water, we wanted to do something to help. That is when the idea for a Lake Winnipesaukee Rosé was born.

Timing is everything. It was around the same time that Ken was beginning production of Hermit Woods very first cranberry apple wine that Pat came knocking, and our new summer rosé needed a name and all new packaging. So we decided to dedicate our new wine to helping The Lake Winnipesaukee Association raise awareness and funds to continue the good work they are doing.

Stephen Hodecker Art002This is where Stephen Hodecker, a Meredith Artist, comes in. We got together with Pat and reached out to Stephen and asked him to consider donating the use of one of his paintings or our new rosé. Without hesitation, Stephen generously offered his work. A label was designed, a new bottle was selected, and the package was complete. On April, 12th, the wine was bottled and labeled, creating a whole new wine and look for our Winery. We have committed to donating 10% of the profits on this wine to help fund the Lake Winnipesaukee Association. Hermit Woods co-founder Bob Manley: “We are so excited about this partnership. It’s not only a great way to help raise the funds this organization needs to do the good work they do, but the distribution of our wine also help raise awareness of the organization across the State. I am so thankful Pat found us when she did.”

winnipesaukee_rose-april-2017-008Hermit Woods will officially release their new Winnipesaukee Rosé on April 29 to their 350 club members. The winery produced 180 cases, which can be found for sale in the Winery’s Tasting Room as well as stores across NH and in the NH State Liquor Stores.

The Lake Winnipesaukee Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Big Lake’s water quality and natural resources through monitoring, education, stewardship, and science guided approaches for lake management. Their office is located at 103 Main St., Suite 3, Meredith, NH.


Stephen Hodecker was born in Manchester, Connecticut in 1956. He studied at the University of New Hampshire under John Hatch and Sigmund Abeles and at Fortman Studios in Florence, Italy. His landscape work in watercolor, oil and egg tempera include rural New Hampshire, and coastal Maine, where he has painted on Monhegan Island for over 30 years. Hodecker has also painted extensively in Ireland and Scotland. He is represented by the Dowling Walsh Gallery and Ingram Fine Art. Stephen has lived in Meredith since 1968 and has been a working painter and sculptor in the community for over 40 years, regularly contributing his work to non-profit organizations and causes including The Lakes Region Conservation Trust, CASA and The Trust for Public Lands.