Additional information: Alcohol: 7%
SHORT HISTORY: La Garagista farm and winery began in 2010. They farm three parcels of co-planted, alpine
varietals that are horticultural crosses of vinifera and native riparia and labrusca vines. They are practicing
biodynamic and also pull from organic and permaculture concepts. The home farm and vineyard is situated in the Chateauguay, a protected forest in Barnard, Vermont (1600 feet) where they also grow vegetables and raise some livestock for their restaurant. In the vineyard they plant vegetables between the vines focusing on root vegetables, escaroles, chicories and flowers, all things that aid the soils in this parcel. The other two parcels are in the Champlain Valley (184/194 feet) and are close to Lake Champlain. No-till and natural field cover crops are part of the farming at these two vineyards, encouraging the flora and fauna particular to each microclimate.
(MICRO)CLIMATE: Alpine climate - located at the foot of the Green mountains, the weather is similar to Piedmont, Italy – sunny with rough winters.
• Manual harvested
• Base cider made in an old Vermont House cider style – each seasons cider layered into the last, creating an
assemblage of many seasons
• Cider is fermented on red wine pomace
• Indigenous yeast
• Ambient ferment
• No filtration
• No fining
• No sulphur used in vinification
TASTING NOTE: smells like ripe wild strawberries, white lilies, apple blossoms, and lavender, and tastes like a field of raspberries with pomegranate and sprigs of rosemary.
Vermont, United StatesLa garagista at Domaine de la Foret is on Mount Hunger at the edge of the Chateauguay and in the Champlain Valley of Vermont where we grow alpine wine and ciders. Our mission is to care for our land in creative and natural ways, make way for the honest narrative told by the wines and ciders that express our unique landscape and each vintage year.