Unique Dry Wines & Sustainable Farming
The best wines come from the best vineyard practices. It takes 3 to 5 years to begin the winemaking process. We want to make wines that showcase the terroir of the geography, micro-climate, and rich soils along the banks of the tidal Squamscott River. Some wines need to be aged to bring out the best properties. Aging enhances the flavor compounds, tannins and acids to produce a well-balanced wine. Other wines, typically white, nicely display the aromatic, floral and fruit forward characteristics of the varietals we chose.
Our French-hybrid vines were chosen for their unique properties. We are able to grow cool climate varietals that are more resistant to mold and mildew and can survive our winters.
We are building the "foundation" for a unique experience at Blue Heron Wines. The first phase involved buying and planting the best quality grape vines. Then ensuring that the vines are trained to produce ideal conditions for abundant sun and air. Vines are never put into production until the vines are at least three to five years old - ensuring that the vines have a strong root system and a trunk that has grown up to the fruiting wire - allowing them to extract all the nutrients needed for a quality product. The trellis system is where you train the vines to grow in a manner that enhances quality. As a small boutique winery, we are able to concentrate on quality, and not feel pressured to drive up quantity at the "expense" of quality.
Seacoast Red is a medium bodied, dry red wine, made from our estate grown Chancellor grapes. With delicate tannins, and light French oak, the wine emphasizes the natural aromas of ripe cherries and plums. This wine express the unique character of the tidal river bank terroir by using winemaking techniques that minimize intervention. This wine pairs well with tomato-based pasta, lean grilled beef or sausage, grilled vegetarian kebobs, medium cow and sheep cheeses, and light desserts like chocolate biscotti or a fruit crostata.
Noiret is a medium bodied dry red wine, made from our estate grown Noiret grapes. With bold, silky tannins, and French oak emphasizing aromas of faint black pepper, red and black berries, fig, and clove in the fruit-forward expression of this wine. This wine expresses the unique character of the tidal, river bank terroir by using winemaking techniques that minimize intervention. This wine pairs well with stuffed and baked ragu style pasta, hot antipasto, bold cheeses, meats on the grill, rich beef or lamb dishes, and rich chocolate desserts.
Seacoast Rosé is a fruit-forward, dry, rosé style wine made from our estate grown St. Vincent grapes. With aromas of fresh strawberries, sliced watermelon, and floral undertones this wine express the unique character of the tidal, river bank terroir by using winemaking techniques that minimize intervention. This versatile wine, served chilled, pairs well with appetizers, creamed based pasta, spicy dishes, burgers and other grilled meats or chicken, and cheese and fruit plates.
Seacoast White is a bright, crisp, refreshing dry white wine, made from our estate grown Cayuga grapes. With aromas of green apples, white peaches, spiced pears, and citrus. This wine expresses the unique character of the tidal, river bank terroir by using winemaking techniques that minimize intervention. Perfect for picnics, patio and summer dinner parties, this chilled wine pairs well with cold antipasto, soft creamy cheeses, chicken, fish and fruit filled desserts.
Traminette is an aromatic, floral dry white wine made from our estate grown Traminette grapes. It exhibits the flavor notes of its acclaimed parent Gewürztraminer with spicy, fragrant aromas, notes of honey, apricot, and rose petals. This wine expresses the unique character of the tidal, river bank terroir by using winemaking techniques that minimize intervention. Pair this with all types of mild soft cheeses, Asian cuisine, grilled salmon or chicken, or a roasted pork loin with mint.
Aromella is a dry white aromatic wine made from our estate Aromella grapes. It is characterized by notes of honeysuckle, citrus peel, and a floral Muscato character. This wine expresses the unique character of the tidal, river bank terroir by using winemaking techniques that minimize intervention. Aromella pairs well with soft, mild cheeses, sautéed or grilled chicken, mild fish and shell fish, and your favorite fruit-based desserts.