Swedish Hill Raspberry Infusion (NY)
In 2011 Swedish Hill celebrated its 25th Anniversary of
producing quality wines in the Finger Lakes. The winery’s story actually began
42 years ago in 1969 when the Peterson family planted their first vines in
order to sell grapes to other local wineries. Then in 1985 the first grapes
were crushed for Swedish Hill, producing 1,200 cases.
Today the winery is owned and operated by Dave and Jean
Peterson. But the Swedish Hill story actually began with Dave’s parents, Dick
and Cindy Peterson who began the company in 1969 as a part-time small
operation. Dick, a former school Transportation and Buildings and Grounds
Supervisor, and Cindy, a former bank Vice President, started the winery while
they still held their full-time jobs. Working nights and weekends the first few
years with one other part-time employee, their efforts led to continuous
success throughout the years leading to today’s operations of Swedish Hill
producing over 60,000 cases annually.
In 1996, the team expanded when their son, Dave, joined
Swedish Hill after spending seven years as a Viticulture Extension Specialist
for Cornell University. Dave has a Ph.D in Viticulture from Penn State
University and is currently the Chief Executive Officer.
Raspberry Infusion is an exotic intensely flavored dessert
wine which was created by taking fresh locally grown raspberries and soaking
them in grape brandy. This is very much like a raspberry port. It’s very rich
and full bodied. Lots of big fresh
raspberries in every glass, with just enough tartnesss to bring balance to the