After spending two years scouting land, planting, and refining their techniques, the owners of North Granby's Lost Acres Vineyard will finally open their winery to the public on September 24. They planted their first successful crop in the spring of 2010, so this year's batch of Chardonnay, Riesling, Wedge White, Merlot and Rock Wall Red wines, although processed on the premises, weren't made with Granby-grown grapes. The vineyard's first harvest is currently underway, so Lost Acres' inaugural selection of homegrown wines should hit shelves in the spring.
The winery sits on five acres, a relatively small patch of land, but they plan to offer a diverse array of flavors culled from grape varieties like Cayuga White, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Marquette, Riesling, Seyval Blanc, St. Croix, Traminette and Vidal Blanc. Granby's primarily known as orchard country, so they're wisely partnering with Lost Acres Orchard (apples and peaches), Another Way Farm (blueberries) and Wilhelm Farm (raspberries) to create sustainable fruit wines. Local foodies and farm-to-table enthusiasts take note: The vineyard even raises their own pigs and chickens on the propery, which allows the Lost Acres Farm Store to sell eggs, pork and other farm products. Although the kick-off should be a well-attended celebratory party, the vineyard plans to continue hosting tastings every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Lost Acres Vineyard is located in North Granby at 80 Lost Acres Road.
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