The Path to Snow Farm Vineyard
May 09, 2010
Most of us know someone who ended up taking an entirely different career path than what they had planned. My mom started out as a teacher but ended up in real estate. My husband Dave received a degree in biology and went back to college to pursue graphic design.
Harrison Lebowitz of Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero, Vermont, studied to be a chemist, became a lawyer, and is now a full-time winemaker. Anyone who has visited Snow Farm Vineyard and tasted the wine will agree that Harrison made the right decision.
A Family Business
Established in 1996 by Harrison and his wife Molly, Snow Farm was Vermont’s first vineyard and grape winery. The winery, located on the southern end of the Champlain Islands, has maintained its mission of keeping the land open and working.
The winery is also very much a family affair. The Lebowitz’s daughter, Tess, drew the wine labels for the Snow White and Rose Red wines when she was six years old.
Snow Farm’s growing season is identical to Burgundy, France, allowing the winery to grow cooler climate grapes. The winery produces a variety of wines including Pinot Noir, Seyval Blanc, Riesling, as well as some dessert wines and a delicious ice wine. Snow Farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between May 1 and Dec. 31.
Maybe when you think of Vermont, wine doesn’t immediately come to mind. But Snow Farm does not disappoint.
LarryPosted at 00:24h, 10 May
I just saw a movie about a family from California that owned a Vineyard and ended up beating France in a wine competition (bottle shock). Who knows-Maybe Vermont will be known as the next great wine producer.
Erica HouskeeperPosted at 10:47h, 10 May
Anything is possible, right? I’ll have to check out that movie.
Pearl MaplePosted at 03:02h, 12 May
Beautiful photos, and why can’t Vermont become a great wine growing region, the soil is fabulous, it just needs a talented hand and the imagination to try.
Erica HouskeeperPosted at 00:34h, 13 May
Thanks so much. You’re right – why not? When we’ve got talented, creative people here like Harrison, anything is possible.