Hillis' Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard
Hillis' Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard, LLC is a family business owned by Jim & Judy Hillis. We are producers of maple syrup and maple confections, and also have 2 vineyards, a winery, and a winery tasting room.
The main farm is located near Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vermont on Sugarbush Farm Road. A smaller part of the farm (Butler Island Vineyard) is on Butler Island located in the middle of northern Lake Champlain.
- "Where wine and maple come together"
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Jim's primary role on the farm is that of the winemaker. His background and professional degree in dairy and food science as well as his extensive chemistry knowledge are well utilized in the winery. Judy's primary role on the farm is that of vineyard manager and office manager. Judy works daily in the vineyard to ensure the vines proper growth structure and vine health.
The Hillis children have been instrumental in farm operations through their entire lives. Daughter Julianne, who hold a degree from Vermont Technical College and the University of Vermont in Animal Science, was married in 2010 and brings to the family her wonderful husband, Chris. Julianne and Chris provide a great deal of assistance in the sugarhouse running the sugaring equipment. Julianne also helps out with care of livestock, while Chris provides much needed computer tech support for the farm and is our "Mr. Fix It", as he can fix practically anything! They are expecting a baby girl in June, 2013, who will be the beginning of the third generation on our farm. Oldest son Jordan, who is currently serving with the United States Marines, is the farm's website developer. Youngest son, Jake, who is in high school, is affectionately referred to as the "Cellar Rat", as he is the muscle force on the farm to move heavy boxes of bottles, fence posts, trellis, and firewood. Jake is also our in-house tech support and helps to keep our computer systems up and running smoothly.
Judy's favorite thing to do is to play in dirt! During the growing season, you are most likely to find her in the vineyards or the vegetable and perennial gardens. You know that Judy has had a great day outside if she is covered in richly composted soil from head to toe! During the winter, Judy helps out in the winery with bottling, and come late winter/early spring, can be found in the sugarhouse making delicious maple syrup. When she's not working on the farm, she can be found at Union Memorial School in Colchester working full time during the school year as their speech-language pathologist, enjoying the company of some of the most adorable 5 to 8 year olds in the world! Judy's husband says of her, "During the school year she helps young minds grow, and during the summer she helps young vines grow!"
JORDAN HILLIS - SON, WEBSITE DEVELOPER & ADMINISTRATOR
Jordan is the talented website developer of Hillis' Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard. A graduate of Colchester High School and Burlington Technical Center, he is now proudly serving in the United States Marine Corps, having recently attained the rank of Corporal. Jordan has not forgotten his farm roots while living away from Vermont, though. When he is home on leave he continues to help his family in their maple sugaring operation, wine bottling, and livestock feeding. Jordan also helps critique new wines developed on the farm. Jordan's family are immensely proud of him for serving his country and ensuring the safety of Americans all around the world
JAKE HILLIS - SON, CELLAR RAT AND WOOD STACKER
Jake is a self proclaimed computer geek. He loves computer programming, and can usually be found surrounded by several computer screens running various computer languages simultaneously. On occasion Jake helps out in the wine cellar, lugging cases of wine to and fro, or stacking firewood for the house and sugarhouse. Jake currently attends the Center for Technology in Essex, where he is in the Computer Animation and Web Design Program.