Todd and Crystal left Brooklyn in the summer of 2016 after more than 15 years in the city to try their hand at building a sustainable food system in the Hudson Valley. They have been together for almost 13 years and were mostly wine consumers. They got interested in biodynamics, particularly wine, while living in a tiny apartment trying their hand at growing tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and hops on fire escapes (when the neighborhood squirrels didn't kill everything out of spite.)
After a “failed” move to a new apartment, they decided to take the plunge and go after their dream. They bought about 10 acres in the Hudson Valley and got a farm winery license, making just a meager 25ish cases which they sold and gave to friends and family (and a few NY restaurants with Todd’s brother’s help). They loved the process so much, they began ramping up production, sourcing fruit from a few local farmers.
Todd is passionate about working organically, and while they are still getting their estate vines going, they are trying to work with organic growers and help their friends convert to more organic practices. They have been trying to focus more and more on hybrids because of the place they hold in Hudson Valley history, and their ability to withstand terrible growing conditions. 2017 was the worst growing season in years— very rainy, polar vortex, and a late frost in April. They lost so many canes that season, suffering a 5-year setback.
Every year they do two releases… Fall is more serious wines from vinifera and hybrids. Spring is more fun, wild, and natty, including their piquettes, pet nats, and more!