Wines & Ciders
Holmberg Orchards currently produces both grape and fruit wines, as well as hard ciders on-site in our farm winery. Our sparkling hard ciders are made in the English tradition: light, fresh and fruit forward. The fruit wines are crisp, clean and surprisingly sophisticated. Unlike traditional syrupy fruit wines, our off-dry fruit wines range from 0-4% residual sugar. Leave your expectations at the door!
Our vineyard currently consists of both Pinot Blanc (planted in 2010) and Gewurztraminer (planted in 2014) grapes. The Connecticut coast offers a climate well suited for the Alsatian whites; this also includes varietals such as Riesling, Muscat and the Pinots. We are continuously planting and adding acreage as our crop rotation allows, so look forward to more fine wines from the Holmberg Winery.
WINE & CIDER BARN
Our wine and cider barn is open in the late summer and autumn where you can sample the fruits of our labors
Available Year Round!
Made on-farm from our estate vineyard and orchards.
Light and Effervescent
Bring a taste of the orchard home with you! Our 16 oz tall boy cans are available in six delicious flavors and are available year round.
CAN WE BRING OUR DOG?
Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted outside your vehicle. This violates our GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certification for health and sanitation on the farm.
CAN WE BRING OUR CHILDREN?
Absolutely. The farm is a great place for supervised children to learn about local food production and tire themselves out! However, they are prohibited from tasting any alcoholic beverage on farm property.
IS THE WINERY HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?
The grounds are level, but are grass and gravel. There are two small steps at the entrance of our tasting room, and a custom drop-in ramp available for anyone who prefers that option.
DO YOU GROW GRAPES?
Yes! We planted our first several acres of Pinot Blanc grapes in 2010, and added Gewurztraminer in 2014. Look for more varieties in the future: we are always planting and adding acreage as our crop rotation allows.
WHY ISN’T THIS HARD CIDER AS STRONG AS WHAT I AM USED TO?
Short answer: We make our ciders in the English tradition, which produce a beverage with a maximum alcohol by volume (ABV) of 7-8%. This is slightly stronger than beer.
Long answer: Alcohol content is determined by how much sugar is in the fruit before crushing or pressing. The yeast used during fermentation consumes the sugars and output alcohol. This means that fruits with higher sugar content will produce a stronger beverage. Grapes will naturally ferment to between 10-16% ABV, depending on the variety of grape. Apples only contain enough natural sugar to ferment 7-8% ABV. The English tradition of making cider is simply to ferment the juice until the sugars are all consumed. Colonial ciders were an improvised version of this process, and were often fermented in old whiskey barrels with molasses and raisins. These additions increased the overall sugar content and produced a stronger end-product. In New England, “hard cider” is usually thought of as this style of fermentation, and is a much stronger product.
Okay, so how do you make apple wine?
We add sugar to the juice during the fermentation process, mimicking the higher sugar content of a grape. This creates a stronger, but drier, end-product.
HOW MANY ACRES DO YOU GROW?
We have about 50 in production. 3 acres is in vineyard (with more to be added in coming years). Apples make up about 35 acres, and the remaining 13 is in peaches, pears, nectarines, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, tomatoes and various other crops.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MAKING WINE?
We began selling our wines and ciders in late 2007. The production of wine began in 2006.
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE PEAR-IN-A-BOTTLE BRANDY?
The product is called “Poire Prisonniere” and is made by Westford Hill Distillers in Ashford, CT. We grow the pear into the bottle for them! We cannot sell this product at our farm; it is a distilled spirit and is not allowed under our liquor license. Check westfordhill.com for a list of liquor stores that carry it, and a full explanation of how we grow it.