Human. Nature. Hope Well.
Hope Well wine is the alchemy between the natural world, my deep love for this ground and the unsung heroes whose strong hands, hearts and minds have helped me make it.
The landscape knows everything I want to learn in this life. Wine, for me, offers a different dimension of communication with my teacher and mentor, this place. The wordless communication of so many days and lessons culminates at harvest, and you are allowed communion and conversation.
October 1, 2023
The most improbable story of 2022 was that there was any fruit at all in my newly grafted postage stamp vineyard. Against all odds, in the last days of October 2022 we brought in three boxes of fruit. Two red, one white. Two Pinot, one Chenin.
Given how little we had, we tucked into one fermenter, layering the Chenin in between tiers of Pinot noir, lightly treaded. After four days, we went to the press and gently squeezed out four barrels worth of currant-colored juice. The aromas were stunning from day one, and by February the most improbable union was ready. 155 six-packs were bottled on Saint Valentine’s Day, 2023.
Please join me in welcoming the 2022 Improbable Rosé Noir, a love letter to the future of Hope Well.