We’ve got good news to share and we want you to be the first to hear it!
The New Year has brought about some exciting changes that we believe will pave the way for us to improve upon our current wines, create new and better ones, and to fulfill what has been a long standing commitment of ours which is to not only produce local wines, but to do so using our own fruit along with sustainable methods and practices.
Allowing us to achieve these goals, Ed and Mary Hamel have sold their portion of Black Birch Vineyard to Michelle and I. This will allow me, the winemaker, the creative freedom, autonomy and ability to singularly focus on making great wines across a broad spectrum of newly planted, Northern European varietals.
Of course part of this change requires a new vineyard at a new location, planted with these exciting grape sorts; Grüner-Veltliner, Riesling, Blaüfrankish, Frühburgunder, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and others. Attention to these locally grown, high quality wine varietals will allow us to make even higher quality wines that our savvy wine tasting customers have come to expect and love from Black Birch Vineyard.
Our new winery will be in North Hatfield and will be opening in June of this year. We will have a brand new tasting room and plan to offer a variety of activities and events for both existing and new Black Birch enthusiasts. Check out our website and follow us on Facebook to stay up to date as the construction progresses.
The vineyard, also located at the North Hatfield location, will feature a planting of 13 acres with over 19,000 grapevines – more than quadrupling the number of vines at our prior location. This new vineyard will provide us with more than 95% of our fruit that makes up our wine. And, we will finally be an estate vineyard with control over our developing wine, from the vine to the bottle.
We believe these changes, and the resulting new wines, will allow us to exceed our customers’ high expectations. Some of the new wines will begin to show up for many of our Wine Club members in the coming few months and of course at our new winery, where we’ll soon be releasing our first Port and Merlot!
While we will miss Ed and Mary dearly, we are excited for what’s to come and look forward to sharing a glass with you in 2017.
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