The grapes are planted, the building is almost complete and the finishing touches are just ahead for the new Labelle Winery in Amherst.
As she prepares to move her winery to new, larger quarters, Amy LaBelle is looking to the future with great confidence, convinced that she, her husband, and the LaBelle Winery staff are doing everything possible to make their business a success.
Labelle Winery will soon have a new home, but the best part of the business has been making an appearance over the past month.
Amy LaBelle is glowing, and why not? She is surrounded by smiling people sipping her wines under white tents and a gorgeous blue sky.
“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.