Squamscott Vineyard & Winery
Bob Elliott and Bill Meserve, co-owners of Squamscott Vineyard & Winery, are selling local, handcrafted wines that were produced and bottled at their winery in Newfields. All the wines are made from grapes grown on their vineyard co-located in Newfields. The wines are products sold under their Blue Heron Wines™ brand. Co-Owners Bill Meserve the viticulturist, and Bob Elliott the winemaker dug every hole, planted, pruned and nurtured every vine by hand; and then picked, crushed, fermented and bottled everything with family and friends. They are committed to preserving the small farm vineyard experience that will be focused on enjoying the vineyard’s natural setting, the art and science of postmodern winemaking, and the unique high quality wines produced and bottled in our winery. The Blue Heron Wines™ brand represent a unique wine in New Hampshire. The vineyard is located along the shores of the Squamscott River, near the mouth of Great Bay. The warmer temperatures (growing hardiness zone 6) allows for the growing of “cool climate” varietals. The “cool climate” varietals are French hybrid vines, that were developed by Cornell University. These varieties are what you typically find in the Finger Lakes wine region. Bill, an environmental engineer and Bob, a management consultant bought the 12-acre property, formerly Riverside Farm, because of its unique location with 1250 feet along the tidal river. The vineyard started with 28 vines in 2011 and has grown to 2500 vines with 10 varieties of grapes to make white, red and rose wines. Sustainable farming is practiced in the vineyard, and minimal intervention is the philosophy used in making the wine. As local farmers, Bob and Bill are both advocates for the production of local food and wine, and protecting the environment and the rural character of New Hampshire. Bill is chairman of the New Hampshire, Exeter- Squamscott Rivers Local Advisory Committee, and Bob is on the board of Slow Food Seacoast, an organization that promotes good, clean and fair food resources in the Seacoast region. Our winemaking philosophy is to make the most natural wines possible - we believe that the less you do to the wine the more authentic expression of terroir you will get. We appreciate that the “wine is made in the vineyard” and we take extra care to hand harvest the cleanest fruit possible.
Dry red, white, and rosé wines
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