To see the authenticity in a wine, you need only look at the winemaker’s hands.
Perhaps everyone became a knowledge worker in the 1990’s, but we have always connected to our roots, what you might call “Green Collar” work. Hard work. – Paul Speck
Authentic honest wines
“Viticulture”is a scientific word for “grape farming.” And there is no question that we are in the business of farming first. It’s just the nature of making premium wines of origin – wines that come from a place taste like they do because of the way nature uniquely delivers the soil and the sun each year. In our case that place is the prestigious Short Hills Bench and there’s no where quite like it in the world.
But farming booms and busts with the weather meaning that we need to employ a sophisticated approach to the vineyards and winery, using leading edge environmental practices on all fronts. As the world gets more sophisticated in its approach so do we.
Our ancestors managed this land for 200 years before we acquired it from our cousins more than a quarter-century ago. We are continuing a tradition of stewardship and have discovered along the way that good vineyard practices are also often good for the bottom line too (even if the payback is long-term). As a small, privately held family business we are able to make those long-term decisions required for quality and sustainability without having to appease outside shareholder’s quarterly sales targets. Long-term thinking is good for our wine, good for the land and ultimately good for you, our customers.
Hand-crafted wines are better than perfect, they’re beautiful.
Much of the work that makes wine of character – wine of quality that tastes like they came from a place and a time – must still be done by hand.
It’s been said that wine gets its character from the soil, its personality from the vintage, and its quality from the influence of man. The winemaker is an assistant to the fruit; he nurtures it the way a teacher nurtures a student. The winemaker cannot draw out what isn’t there. Instead he brings out the best characteristics that the fruit has to offer without forcing it.
Perfection is not our goal. Between order and complexity there is beauty; that is our goal. Wine is a cultural art form based on the whims of nature but it is also an expression of man’s unique role in the world. The use of leading techniques and technology in both the vineyard and winery are central to allowing the terroir to express itself while also allowing our ever evolving house style to remain a contemporary classic. Tradition may run deep at Henry of Pelham but we are not static.