Officially, Wisteria opens on October 17, but we stopped by to check it out a few weeks ago, since we had heard that they were already open. Their brochure describes their winemaking style as minimalist, using sustainable practices to grow their own estate produced grapes, while procuring additional fruit locally. They’ve selected Carmine, Chardonnay, Norton, Pinot Gris, Seyval, and Traminette as the varietals to focus on here, as they seem to do best at our 1,100 feet elevation and the well-drained rocky soils in the Hawksbill Creek watershed that surrounds us.
Mary and I enjoyed a tasting and then took a walk around the farm. We checked out the sheep, the bunnies, and chickens, and were regaled with a couple of tales about the animals. The sheep were brought around to keep the grass clipped, but they’ve ended up bigger than expected, and can sometimes stray to eat the vine leaves. The bunnies were left behind by a previous owner of the property, and while a careful sorting out of the sexes was done, they had a few more litters before a full segregation was completed. The chickens range freely, and apparently there is an Amazon parrot to be found somewhere on the property.