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Lincoln Peak Vineyard

Lincoln Peak Vineyard

Lincoln Peak Vineyard
142 River Rd.
New Haven, Vermont
USA 05472
Phone: (802) 388-7368

Contact: Chris Granstrom
Email: vermontwine@gmail.com

After almost 25 years of growing pick-your-own strawberries on the farm, the Granstrom family began planting cold-hardy grapevines in 2001. Winegrape varieties that survive happily through Vermont winters were relatively new and interest was growing quickly. Lincoln Peak began as a vineyard and nursery, and we grew and sold many plants that are now growing throughout Vermont and the Midwest.

Our vines now cover 12 acres on our farm, and we’ve converted the strawberry stand to a winery. We make delicious wine from the grapes on our land. All of our wines are made with 100% Vermont grapes. The whole family is still involved; meet us and our staff below.

Grape growers in places like New England and the Upper Midwest used to be limited to a few varieties like Concord. Even these grapes didn’t always ripen in our relatively short growing season, and even when they did ripen, they were suitable mostly for jelly and juice. Their “foxy” flavor was nothing that wine drinkers wanted in their glass.

But all that is changing. The University of Minnesota has an active grape breeding program, and they have created new varieties that not only survive the northern winter, but can be made into wine that is excellent by any standard. Another group of winter-hardy grape varieties was created by the late Elmer Swenson, a private breeder from Osceola, Wisconsin.

Vineyards that will survive to minus 25, minus 35, some even to minus 40 degrees F. are now being planted in places like Minnesota and Quebec. Excellent wine is being produced and sold at these vineyards, and more vineyards are being planted as fast as the vines can be propagated. We specialize in these grapes at our Vermont winery, and are making excellent Vermont wine with them. We also have a few hardy table grapes varieties. The world of grape growing has truly moved North!

What is the mainstream, national wine press saying about Lincoln Peak wine? From an article called "Great wines from obscure varieties" at Richard Leahy's Wine Report: "Lincoln Peak Vineyard Marquette 2008 (VT). This is a rich, full-bodied wine... Dark purple color and blackberry and spice aromas lead to black cherry, wild berry, and smoke nuances on the palate, with plush smooth long tannins. Who knew a red wine like this could be grown and made in Vermont?"

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