Wines - Heart & Hands Wine Company
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Wines

Our Wines

We craft our wines from two vinifera grapes: Pinot Noir and Riesling.  We focus on just two grapes because it allows us to dedicate the time and care needed to create the best possible wine in both vineyard and cellar.   Our winemaking style is minimalist in nature, with a goal of carrying forth the essence of the terroir to the glass.

 

Great Wine Begins in the Vineyard

We own and manage our own vineyard which is situated on limestone bedrock – rare in our region.   We also work with a small group of talented and experienced growers who manage our partner vineyards.   Each vineyard is carefully maintained using a plan tailored to the site.  Performing tasks such as shoot thinning, green harvesting (removing unripe clusters) and field sorting ensures that the vines carry their energy to only the best fruit. Throughout the spring and summer, we make frequent vineyard site visits to monitor ripening and evaluate the development of flavor intensity. As autumn approaches, we work in our own vineyards and with our growers on a daily basis to determine the most optimal time for harvest.

 

Our Traditional Approach To Winemaking

Our winemaking philosophy is to capture the natural vineyard terroir when hand-crafting our Pinot Noir and Riesling.  Once the grapes are ready for harvest, they are gently hand-picked early in the morning and brought into the winery in small vineyard baskets. Our team then inspects and sorts each grape cluster – placing only the best clusters into the fermentation bin and discarding any suspect clusters to the compost pile. The Riesling is pressed and fermented in stainless steel and begins a long, cool fermentation which lasts several weeks. The Pinot Noir ferments in one ton bins for upwards of two weeks before being basket-pressed. The wines are moved gently by gravity throughout the winery in order to preserve flavor and aromatics. The Pinot Noir rests in French Oak barrels for 12 to 18 months before bottling. The result is wine of uncompromising quality and consistency.  Our delicate approach ensures the true expression of our unique vineyard sites shine through when the wines are enjoyed.