About Catherine Hill Winery
Catherine Hill Winery is the product of the vision and hard work of the original owners, Eric and Sue Meyer. They bought the property, an old dilapidated barn and completely overgrown grounds, and painstakingly and lovingly transformed it into an attractive winery with a tasting room and vineyard. Combining their love of wine, artistic flair, and attention to detail, they handcrafted and bottled the first wine here in 2012. Since then many premium wines have been made and sold, with Cherryfield Blues, King Tunk, and Cranberry Isle being the perennial favorites.
And so begins the second chapter of the Catherine Hill WInery story. Seeking to carry on the quality traditions set by Sue and Eric, we now find ourselves in the wonderfully unique position of running and owning a well established winery. It is our every intent to maintain the character and essence of Catherine Hill wines, with the possibility of some new additions in the future. For now, we are content to learn, craft, and expand our knowledge as well as add our own blood, sweat, and tears to the legacy of Catherine Hill Winery.
About our Name
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Every winemaker has his or her own philosophy, defining their style and approach to creating wine. Our non industrial method of winemaking blends traditional, artisinal hand crafting methods with currently recognized best practices in an attempt to extract the true character of the fruit we work with, capture that elusive essence, and ensure its stability once bottled so that the wine can age gracefully. Our intention is to create irresistible wines that delight each of the senses.
At Catherine Hill Winery, no enzymes, adjuncts, additives, color enhancers or artificial ingredients are used to manipulate or produce our wines. Acidity adjustments are accomplished only through natural cold stabilization, malolactic fermentation and blending. Our grape wine "ingredients" include only grapes, yeast, yeast nutrients for healthy, successful fermentation, and when desired, malolactic cultures. No animal or shellfish based fining products are used on our wines. All of our Red wines are unfiltered, unfined, and enjoy minimum aging of 16 months using a combination of American, Hungarian and/or French Oak Barrels. We don't use oak cubes, chips or dust. White wines are naturally cold stabilized during the long Maine winter. Our berry wines are made using whole berries, yeast and yeast nutrients, pure cane sugar and water. Our white grape and berry wines may be fined with Bentonite Clay, and filtered for stability and exceptional clarity, as we believe the visual aspect of wine plays a vital part of the overall sensory experience. Please note that Sweet wines do require sterile filtering and a stabilizer to prevent unintended, renewed fermentation in the bottle. If you stop for a moment to consider that wine may be expected to store for many years , high quality Potassium Metabisulfite, better known as "sulfites", is added at bottling to preserve freshness, measured onsite and in our own lab, to 30 parts per million (ppm) or less. Our wines are Vegan and Gluten Free. Experience the difference of Catherine Hill wines. Raise a Glass!
All the Best!
Walt and Deb Schwarz
Catherine Hill Winery