The grapes will be harvested October 8 Joe Klimek told us. Marquette grape. Last year was the first harvest and they made 200 bottles of a ROSE. The grapes are delicious! We can't wait until this year's crop is drinkable!
Part of an article in The Valley Reporter last year in August stated: Wine production in Vermont has been on the rise over the last five
years. The new availability of hybridized varieties of grapes that can
thrive in harsher climates has enabled a boom in wine production in the
"People don't realize it, but every state in
the union, bar none, grows
grapes," said Godolik. "Although it may sound like an industry that has
no place in Vermont, it really has established itself quite
successfully, in all corners of the state."
Godolik and Klimek
began the Mad River Vineyard five years ago, one year
after Klimek moved to the East Warren Road property. They are both
long-term admirers of wine and have spent time touring vineyards
everywhere from Italy to France to Sonoma, California.
Currently, they are cultivating three varieties of hybridized grapes. It
all began with 500 vines of Marquette, a hybrid variety derived from
Godolik and Klimek will harvest their first
commercial crop this fall.
Their grapes will then be sold in bulk to a Vermont winery. The first
bottles of wine made from Mad River Vineyard grapes will likely be
available next summer.
"We've had a lot of fun. It's a lot of
work, but it's interesting," said
Godolik. "Having gone to all those other vineyards and getting a sense
of what people do there, then coming here and doing it ourselves - it's
Since the beginning of the Mad River
Vineyard, Godolik and Klimek have
been involved with the Vermont Grape and Wine Council, a statewide
organization of vineyards and wineries. The council supports the
industry by holding educational events, linking vineyards and wineries
statewide and working with state agencies.
The council recently
lobbied for legislation to support local grape
producers. "We want to make sure the wine that is produced in the state
is from Vermont-produced grapes," said Klimek. "Rules have been put in
place so that in order to have a bottle of wine that says 'Made in
Vermont' it has to be 75 percent from Vermont-grown grapes."