Snow Farm Winery

About

Snow Farm Vineyard is a family run business that values our agricultural heritage, our local community and most importantly everyone who visits. Enjoy an authentic experience from our wine to our farm. These affiliations share those deep values and we are proud partners in making Vermont a special place.

Location Description

Situated on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain

Features

  • Vermont’s First Vineyard and Grape Winery.

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 16.00

History

Our winery began a as a dream and passion in 1992 – the fierce desire to keep land agricultural in Vermont. With land becoming more valuable for its development potential than for its worth farming, we were concerned with the future of our state, afraid of losing what makes Vermont unique. Fortunately our dream became the dream of others, and together, Vermont’s first commercial grape vineyard and winery came into existence in 1996. It is our hope that we can provide an alternative for farmers, so that they can rededicate their land to a new agricultural pursuit and keep it working rather than selling it for residential or commercial purposes. Supporting us supports our mission of keeping the land open and working.

The Team

David Lane – Growing up on the family farm milking cows and throwing hay bales Dave has worked this land for several decades. Embracing the changing agricultural landscape he enjoys the challenge of marketing a different quality beverage. His favorite place around the farm is out in the fields. Though, often you can find Dave bar tending an evening event, usually enjoying some good local musician’s music.

Julie Lane – Bringing her drive as an educator to Snow Farm, Julie wants the customers to experience all we have to offer. It starts with the award winning wine of course. But add in the history of the area and the natural beauty of the vineyard then toss with local art and it is indeed a magical experience. In addition she will work tirelessly to make your special event at the winery spectacular.

Patrick Barrelet is the artist behind the wines. A part owner, Patrick has been the head wine meister since day one with a degree in Oenology from the University of Dijon in Burgundy, France, one of the great wine-producing regions in the world. He majored in Pinot Noir, which is a way better major than any other I’ve ever heard of. He is an award winning wine maker many times over and is tolerant over our lack of appreciation of Canadian pastimes, like curling.

Alex Lane is almost always found out in the Vineyard tending to the vines. All year long Alex can be found out in the 13 acres: pruning, training vines through the trellis, pulling weeds, harvesting grapes, or driving around on his beloved Kabota. Living within walking distance he can keep a close eye on his vines.

Cassandra Martin is the assistant wine maker, and has everything to do with Snow Farm Vineyard. Cassandra or Cassie keeps everything in order, from the bottling line to the wine cellar. Working beside Patrick she lends a hand in the chemistry behind the award winning wines. She and her husband Chris met working at Snow Farm Vineyard years ago.

Thereza Cononi or Tree as she is commonly know around the island, teaches Vinyasa Flow, yoga classes regularly at Snow Farm. She also enjoys bar tending in the tasting room, as well as being part of the amazing special events team. Tree believes it’s good to know where you food comes from and it’s even better if you know where your wine comes from too.

Elizabeth Vachon is another friendly bar tender you might meet any given day of the week across the mahogany, in the tasting room. She loves sharing Vermont’s culture through a farm to glass experience. When Elizabeth isn’t bar tending at the tasting room she is enjoying her family and kids, William and Charlie.

Nick Lane has called South Hero home his whole life. The agricultural landscape suits him. Nick’s hand carved wooden signs hang all around the Vineyard on the end posts labeling the grape varieties, offering a phrase of wisdom or simply showing where to park. In the evening you can find him working the grounds, and is also part of the Snow Farm special event staff.

Practices & Techniques

Because Snow Farm is situated on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain and therefore able to enjoy the micro-climate created by the U.S.’ sixth largest lake, Snow Farm’s growing season is identical to Burgundy, France. This permits Snow Farm to grow cooler climate vinifera grapes, such as Pinot Noir and Riesling, as well as the more cold hardy French Hybrids, such as Vidal Blanc and Baco Noir. However, thanks to Vermont’s cold winter temperatures, in addition to producing table wines, Snow Farm produces, among other dessert wines, an ice wine, a product that cannot be made in many other places in the world.

Awards

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Seyval Blanc: Bronze 2014. Tasters Guild International Wine Judging.

Traminette: Bronze, 2014, Amenti del Vino Wine Competition

Snow White: Bronze, 2014, Amenti Del Vino; Gold, 2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Judging.

Rose Red: Bronze, 2014, Tasters Guild International Wine Judging

Crescent Bay Red: Bronze, 2014, Tasters Guild International Wine Judging

Vignoles Late Harvest: Silver, 2014, Tasters Guild International Wine Judging

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Seyval Blanc: Silver, 2013. Tasters Guild International Wine Judging.

Vidal Blanc: Bronze, 2013, Big E Wine Judging; Bronze, 2013, Tasters Guild International Wine Judging.

Vignole: Bronze, 2013, Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition

Snow White: Bronze, 2013, Big E Wine Judging;

Baco Noir: Bronze, 2013, Tasters Guild International Wine Judging; Bronze, 2013, Big E Wine Judging

Crescent Bay Red: Bronze, 2013, Tasters Guild International Wine Judging

Pinot Noir: Bronze, 2013, Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition

Vidal Ice: Double Gold, 2013, Tasters Guild International Wine Judging

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Hours

Open Daily: 11-5 (May 1 - Dec. 31) Open: 11-4 Sat. & Sun. 5-9 pm Fridays (Jan. 1-Apr. 30)

Address

190 West Shore Rd.
South Hero, Vermont 05486
United States

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