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What Makes Our Homestead Reserve Wines So Special?

We produce four Rieslings at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards: Sweet RieslingRiesling (semi-dry), Dry Riesling, and Homestead Reserve Riesling. Each wine is made from the high-quality Riesling grapes grown in our estate vineyards, varying in sweetness and style. But what makes our Homestead Reserve Riesling so special?

We designated Homestead Reserve Riesling as such because, with this wine, we get back to our roots and tradition a bit. Our winemaker hand-selects the grapes used for this wine. The grapes used to make this Riesling typically come from the same area of the vineyard, a sub-block, and year after year, demonstrate some of the highest levels of quality on the farm. The grapes have a flavor profile that our winemaker is fond of and work well with crafting the style he wants to achieve for this wine. The wine highlights a specific section of our vineyards versus our other Rieslings, which contain grapes from all our Riesling vineyards.

The 2022 harvest allowed us to explore expanding the Homestead Reserve line. We wanted to highlight all the varietals we grow and share them in a way we hadn’t yet. Our winemaker hand-selected sub-blocks from our Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Grüner Veltliner estate vineyards and blended them into one wine that truly represents a sense of place. This new beautifully crafted wine, 2022 Homestead Reserve Prestige, is an elegant, complex, dry white. It pairs nicely with chicken curry, gourmet macaroni and cheese, roasted veggies, fish with lemon and capers, and peach cobbler. It is available at our two winery locations and online store. We can’t wait to share it with you! Check out our latest podcast episode “Making Beautifully Blended Wines” to learn a little more about how the Homestead Reserve Prestige was made.

The next wine we will add to the Homestead Reserve line will come early next year: 2022 Homestead Reserve Meritage. This wine is barrel aging in French oak and contains grapes hand-selected from our estate-grown Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. Stay tuned for updates on the official release