Friday, May 25, 2012
Jewell Towne Vineyards (NH)
I've written about Jewell Towne before. They are one of the better small wineries in New Hampshire. Nice people, good wines.
In 1977, Dr. Peter D. Oldak, an emergency physician and his wife, Brenda, moved
to a 12 acre farm in South Hampton, New Hampshire. In 1982, merely as a hobbyist
home gardener, he planted six individual grape vines. Four years later, he
started making wine.In 1994, the decision was made to go commercial and the first harvest of 40 cases was released. These sold out in 3 weeks.
From 1994 to 1996 wines were produced in the cellar of the Oldak home. In
1997, due to increasing demand and limited space, Peter and Brenda made the
decision to build a separate Winery modeled after an 18th century New England
style post and beam barn in the middle of the vineyard. Construction was started
in May of 1997 by David Cronin, a local resident, known for his exquisite
historic reproductions, and it was completed in 1998.
In 2010, Jewell Towne Vineyards produced over 7000 cases and could be found in over 150 stores, NH Liquor stores, and restaurants throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Jewell Towne Vineyards is a family run enterprise, embracing the New
Hampshire entrepreneurial spirit. Brenda, a visiting nurse and also an artist,
has designed the label, runs the art gallery, and, along with the Oldak's
children, Tenley and Trevor, participates in every aspect of the vineyard and
Recently I tried the Jewell Town Vognoles. It was light, delicate, with lots of tropical notes. Refreshing. It's a light, refreshing, aromatic white wine meant for cool quaffing on a hot summer day. Very nice.