Hid-In-Pines Vineyard

A Taste of the Champlain Valley


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About Hid-In-Pines Vineyard

Hid-In-Pines Vineyard is a very small vineyard nestled in among a Pine Forest in the Champlain Valley of New York.  When you stop here you will get to see the vineyard and winery all in one basic location, although we are beginning to add new plantings at remote sites. Richard Lamoy is the sole proprietor of the operation and currently wears many hats - that of the vineyard manager, wine maker, chemist, salesman and accountant.

The Vineyard

The Vineyard is currently three acres of mostly very cold hardy wine grapes. There are some semi-cold hardy wine and table grapes also grown. The Vineyard was planted starting in April of 2006 with very limited goals of having enough grapes for a home wine maker. It soon was apparent that Richard was passionate about growing more and began to dream of starting his own commercial Vineyard and Winery. We now have three vineyards consisting of seven acres in total.

The Winery

The Winery is being built from our old existing barn structures to capture the rustic feeling so apparent at our location. There will be a winery area for the processing of our own Estate Grown grapes, storage for that wine to age and a Rustic Tasting Room, all contained within the same building.

The Tasting Room

The Tasting room is now open from 12:00 Noon until 5:00 PM Every Day as weather permits until the
end of April and then will be open all week from noon until 5PM.
The tasting room has been expanded and can now accomodate larger groups of eager tasters at once.

 

The Wine

We are currently finishing the 2015 vintage of wine. The grapes were among the best ever we have produced. The yields were tremendous and the sweetness and flavors were exceptional.  As I am crafting these wines, carefully nursing them along, I am struck by the sheer enjoyability of such young wine. The abundant sunshine and plentiful heat this year similar to 2011 were magically tranferred to the grapes. Then a very warm autumn with crisp night time air transformed these delicious little orbs into liquid sunshine.  The wine is for the most part resting quietly in their appropriate containers. Some additional quiet time will allow them to fall bright and clear. The first to be ready for enjoyment will be the white wines, notably St. Pepin, LaCrosse, Prairie Star and a few others.

Red wines take a bit longer to age and be ready for enjoyment. The first to be ready will be a Nouveaux Blend of delicious fruity red wines. They don't have as many tannins and structure, so they can be fully enjoyed sooner. Again this year the Leon Millot is telling quite a story and says it wants to be shared with friends. The Marquette wine is the best we have produced yet and will be ready for early sale about March to April.

Online Store

Don't forget to check out our new Online Store.  You may order wines as they become available. If you live nearby, you can see what we have available and stop by to taste some and pick it up!  Hope to see you soon.