Still River Winery
Up among the apple orchards in Harvard, MA sits Still Rivery Winery. Here, in one of the world’s finest apple growing regions, our New England farmer winery creates a crisp, full-bodied wine called Apfel Eis. One sip and you’ll experience how it pairs as beautifully with a cloth-bound cheddar as it does with a luscious fruit tart. Over 80 McIntosh, red delicious and other native varieties go into each slender, elegant 375 ml bottle and sugar is never added. We work faithfully to capture the quality and freshness of locally grown apples in every bottle, and are steadfast in our commitment to support the orchards in our community.
Located in Harvard, Massachusetts.
- Home of the Apfel Eis Apple Ice Wine!
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One frigid day in January 2007, Wade and Margot set out on a trip north to visit the infamous Ice Hotel, located 20 miles northeast of Quebec City, Canada. While the idea of sleeping in a fancy Igloo didn’t excite Margot, it turned out to be a wonderful experience. Both were enchanted by the magic of staying in a snow and ice structure.
Discovering Cidre de Glace:
During their weekend trek, Wade spotted a Canadian invention known as cidre de glace, which is ice wine made from apples. One taste and it was love at first sip for the couple. Together they instantly recognized that if such a great wine could be made from Canadian apples, then using premium Massachusetts apples from the farms surrounding their New England home would result in an ice wine ever more delicious.
And so began the Holtzman family’s passion for making the best apple ice wine on the planet.
Still River Winery: A Family Affair
Encouraged by family and friends who raved about their creation, and assisted by their enterprising son Leif, Still River Winery entered their Apfel Eis in the Newport Wine Festival in 2008. Sommeliers greeted them with enthusiasm and applause over the quality of the wine, in turn encouraging the Holtzman family to pursue the serious development of their winemaking operation.
Heart Made Apfel Eis:
Today, Still River Winery’s apple ice wine is sold at fine wine shops, served at respected hotels and restaurants, and shipped nationally. Though larger today than its simple beginnings, Apfel Eis continues to be hand-crafted and fermented in 5-gallon glass carboys by Wade Holtzman himself. The family remains in love with what they do and welcomes visitors for tours and tastings by appointment throughout the year.