Godard's Red Hen Farm/Mineral Hills Winery is located in Florence, Massachusetts. We sell honey, apples, apple cider, grape wines, mead, apple wine, blueberry wine, herbs, various beeswax products such as lip balms, hand salves and creams, and more! You can find our product list on the products page. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us! Thank you for visiting!
So far this winter, Sue lost a few hives, but there are some real strong hives that at this point looks like they will over winter just fine as long as we don't get any weird warm ups and sudden freezes.
We are somewhat worried about some of our grapes since the early winter got extremely cold and we had no snow for insulation. Our Chambourcin and Seyval (even though both French-American hybrids) are not as cold hardy as the University of Minn. developed grapes (Frontenac and Marquette). Cayuga seems to do well. Our apple trees look good and it is time to start pruning them as well as prune the blueberries.
We have bottled our 2012 Chardonnay (Oaked in barrels, a toasty buttery chard with nice fruit character), and our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (oaked in barrels for 15 months on a combination of French oak and American oak barrels, excellent nose, dry complex red wine with an alcohol content of about 14.5%). We also bottled our 2013 Wicked Blue blueberry wine. We will soon be bottling our new blueberry wine which we call Super Blue. It will be sold in 375 ml blue bottles and is sweeter than Wicked Blue and has about 15.4% Alc.
We will continue to process and bottle wines throughout the remainder of the winter and into the Spring. We will have all the same varieties that we had last year. A dry side red done all on stainless steel called Chambourcin, Frontenac a soft red that spent a short time in oak, Red Hen Red a fruity sangria like red. We will be bottling our 2013 NoHo Blush as well as whites : Seyval Blanc, Cayuga White, Apple Wine and Mead. Our May Wine which is a sweet Riesling infused with an herb (Sweet Woodruff) will also be going to bottle this Spring.