In the summer of 1980, Richard and Valerie Eldridge started by selling two wines — a 1979 Vin Rouge and a 1979 Vin Blanc — next to the barrels in the newly constructed winery. Now the Brimstone Hill label is attached to more than 8 wines, which include a sparkling wine made in the traditional “Methode Champenoise”, a Chardonnay, a Cabernet Franc, and a Riesling.
The vineyard, started in the spr…ing of 1969, consisted of four acres with only half in production. Today the vineyard has expanded to over 13 acres and the small winery building now houses a cozy tasting room overlooking the vines, an office and a lab. An extra large pole barn was built to accommodate much of the storage and the increased wine production. In 2001 an extension was added to the barn. It nearly doubled the storage capacity and gave us enough room for parties and for groups up to 150 persons.
The Eldridges continue to be excited with the quality of the wines they can produce in the area. “We are fundamentally interested in producing quality wines with a French character at a reasonable price – similar to the better products of the Loire Valley, Burgundy and Champagne. In order to do this, our operation will remain small and experimental in character.”