“What California set out to do 50 years ago — make wines that could hold their own against the wines of Europe – is happening out in Amherst right now.” – Jim Beauregard
LaBelle Winery took home a top prize from the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition recently, earning a gold medal for its newest wine variety, Americus, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Noiret grapes that was first released in September 2011.
From the New Hampshire Union Leader article: Thursday, Nov. 17, was an important day in New Hampshire wine history. In case you didn’t make it to the event, a groundbreaking was held for the new LaBelle Winery along Route 101 in Amherst, at the old Bragdon Farm.
From the New Hampshire Union Leader article: LaBelle Winery expects to quadruple its capacity for wine making with the opening of a brand new facility — complete with a ballroom — on Route 101 next summer.
Like a fine wine, constructing a new, expanded business location depends on a careful layout, patient development and dashes of creativity on the path to the final product.
A look at New Hampshire’s chilly but growing wine industry: While the grapes may not always be grown here, the art and science of wine-making are alive in the Granite State and the interest continues to increase statewide.
LaBelle Winery in Amherst donated the equivalent of 10 percent of its sales to a number of charitable organizations and causes across the state in 2010. “We have a responsibility to give back to our community, especially because we are so blessed in both our business and personal lives,” said Amy LaBelle, winemaker and co-owner of LaBelle Winery.
With four new wines already released in the 2010 season, LaBelle Winery has just added three new awards from the Indy International Wine Competition, for Halcyon, Three Kings and Corazon. The winery is known for its unique fruit wine blends, and these three are no exception.
LaBelle Winery of Amherst has signed on to be a regular vendor at Derry’s downtown farmer’s market, which will now boast 19 booths selling local fresh produce, handmade goods and locally manufactured products.
A great winery to visit is LaBelle Winery in Amherst NH. Although they are not opened for tasting on a regular schedule they do offer a once a month wine and cheese tasting.