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BROOK FARM VINEYARDS
BRINGS EXQUISITE TASTING TO SOUTHERN VERMONT
Cavendish, Vermont: Nestled in the verdant countryside of Windsor County, Brook Farm Vineyards will open a tasting room this summer in a 5,400-square-foot tent to showcase its seven different wines that it has grown, bottled and produced. In addition to satisfying their curiosity about sampling wine produced in the Green Mountain state, visitors will be able to learn about the Vineyards and how the grapes are grown, harvested and processed into the fine wines available for purchase.
Brook Farm Vineyards specializes in growing and producing wine from cold hardy varietals and will be serving tastings and wines by the glass; cheese plates also will be available for purchase. Brook Farm Vineyards has 3,000 mature grape vines and will be putting in another 3,000 vines this summer.
Visitors will have access to the history of Brook Farm, home to the distinguished Bates Mansion – a stunning example of Georgian Revival architecture dating back to 1894. Self-guided walking tours of the property, with its many charming and historic outbuildings, will be available.
Doug and Jennifer McBride became the owners of Brook Farm in 2008. Doug, a New York attorney, and Jennifer, founder and owner of a couture textile design business, celebrated their new ownership of the Vermont showplace by holding their wedding at Brook Farm. The couple had undertaken a comprehensive search for a suitable property and chose Brook Farm because they were entranced both by its aesthetics and its potential. Now the McBrides are realizing their vision for Brook Farm as a bucolic paradise that welcomes visitors from far and wide.
Brook Farm Vineyard Harvest
Submitted by VT Journal on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:55pm
Cavendish, VT -About a half a mile from the pavement on Twenty Mile Stream Road you'll find yourself being bordered by a long stonewall on the left. This wall is lined with old and sentinel like maple trees. You can’t help but to notice the rows upon rows of grape vines, weighing down on taught cables across the fields. This before coming upon the 120 year old farm house, the one that looks like it came out of a “Gone With the Wind” scene.
The harvest this year was a little late in coming because among the many issues in agriculture is the sensitivity which crops have toward the temperatures. This year bringing some cooler summer weather caused the plants to need a little more time to develop, while the recent, near frost, cold snaps, caused great need to harvest the crop as quickly as possible. These same temperatures left a large portion of vines affected by dehydration, while other stains managed to hold up a healthy and very prosperous yield of tight clusters of bunched grapes.
Much like any narrative from the volumes of Steinbeck novels, people from all around poured in to the plantation in order to fill baskets with lush fruits, before they got started, they were almost already finished. Most went on to hustle the other responsibilities that belong on their lists. These people came from all trades and stations, all to lend a hand to the overwhelmingly positive proprietor, Doug McBride.
Doug and his wife Jennifer bought the 45-acre property back in 2008, after deciding that they wanted a change in pace and lifestyle. The property, which is a national historic site, has only seen a handful of owners since first being developed in the late 1700s. The main house, seen at least half a mile from either direction down the road, was built in 1894.
In 2009 they planted their first 750 vines, and have added more every year. They are up to 2500 vines now, and hope for a day when the fields will yield them close to 25,000 pounds of grapes come harvest time. This goal is not without its battles, as there are the pests to consider: deer, beetles, turkeys and other birds are a constant threat to any agricultural venture, but here they take a community minded healthy approach to pest management.
Doug is trying to restore the many structures that dot the landscape, skilled workers have spent countless hours reworking foundations, and devising proper drainage. They have been sanding and refinishing floors, and bringing things back to its former glory.
Doug says that in addition to the winery, he has a goal to get the old cheese house, located uphill from the main house, back into operation. As everyone knows great wine pairs well with the right cheeses.
There is definitely a lot to be done, and it seems that he has the spirit needed to follow through with the tasks ahead of him. I personally look forward to the inaugural bottle, which is destined to one day come from his farm.