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Oct 10, 2014 9:54 PM

Making wine in Meredith, business brings in "tasters"


MEREDITH - They produce 24,000 bottles every year, and visitors come from all over to sample their variety.

"It tastes completely different than any wines that are made like in huge batches – it just tastes better – it's better," said Jessica Poirier, who is visiting New Hampshire to buy local.

The Hermit Woods winery moved to Meredith just this year after being in Sanbornton for several years.

They're just one of over twenty local wineries here in the state of New Hampshire.

Co-owner Bob Manley moved here in 1993 after years of visiting wineries in California.

"Not only did I never think I'd be making it myself – although I dreamed of it - I never thought I'd be making it in New Hampshire," Manley said.

So, he teamed up with two other partners and started making wines about four years ago. It's a lengthy process that takes patience, creativity and lots of attention to detail.

From fruit to bottle, on average, the process takes the team about a year, sometimes longer.

But why New Hampshire?

"Why not New Hampshire?" Manley said. "There's an abundance of really wonderful fruit, of honey, and wonderful products and things to make wine with."

Manley says that the wines they produce have similar styles and characteristics as traditional wines found around the world - despite their choice to use other locally-grown, organic fruits like apples and blueberries.

"I am used to drinking wine made with grapes, but I found the wine made here with other types of fruit very delightful," said Leon Lake of Moltonborough.

Hermit Woods joins many others each fall-opening their doors for the annual Lakes Region Barrel Tasting Weekend.

Manley says that hundreds of visitors come here because they find a difference in "drinking" local.

"It's a great state that we live in and I think it's important that we show respect for it and the people in our community," said Scott Sweetlend of Meredith.

Hermit Woods said over 800 people attended their event.


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