Our Farm

The Farm

Though producing wine is our primary business, we love all other facets of the farm life.

We make use of Fresh Track Farm’s many natural resources in a way that supports the land’s overall health, and recognize the importance of keeping our ecosystem in balance. We sustainably harvest firewood and timber throughout the year; tap 1,000 maple trees for syrup and our authentic Maple Wine; and cultivate flower and vegetable gardens, compost piles, and seedlings in our greenhouse. If we’re ever in need of some friendly company, our brood of egg-laying chickens, horses (Mr. P and Colleen), farm dogs, and barn cats are always nearby.



sustainable farming

Sustainability

Sustainable Farming is at the heart of everything we do at Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery

Sustainable farming is important – especially in Vermont. We believe that how we live on the land has a direct impact on what we receive from it. That’s why we use renewable sources like geothermal and solar energy to heat, cool, and power our wine facility. We also draw on a variety of natural farming principles, and work the land with a respect for both science and tradition to foster healthy growth.

For us, sustainability is also about running a business that we can feel proud of. We strive to provide value to our community, a high quality product to our customers, and a positive working environment for everyone here at Fresh Tracks Farm.



Vineyard and Winery

Vineyard & Winery

Since 2002, we have been planting, removing, and retraining countless grapevines on our three vineyards. These sites – now covering 14 acres – all have different soil and geological profiles, in addition to varying elevations and orientations. These factors give us a diverse range of characteristics to work with in the winery. Our new vineyard is almost ready for planting, and we’re thrilled to expand upon our flexibility and wine styles.

We have an upper vineyard that covers 12 acres, and contains Marquette, St. Croix, Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, La Crescent, and Adalmiina grapes, with a few rows of Mars, and Bluebell as well. We also have a site behind the winery where we primarily grow Frontenac, Beta, and ‘King of the North’. An acre of Marquette can be seen sitting right next the winery along Route 12.

Our approach to winemaking at Fresh Tracks Farm is dynamic, and both reflects and respects the many nuances of each unique vintage. Originally, our winery was located in a red barn up on the hill. The wine was made in a few stainless steel tanks, using a small basket-press. Now, in our new production facility, we have a range of modern equipment and a robust lab with which to closely monitor the production of our wines. Visible from the tasting bar, we have approximately 40 oak barrels of varying origin housed in a temperature-regulated ‘cave.’



Our-Process

Our Process

Our process at Fresh Tracks Farm follows a cyclical pattern throughout the year. We’re always wonderfully busy, but most importantly – we enjoy the diversity of our work life.

In the Winter, while the vines lay dormant, we reflect on the past season and plan for the next. It’s the perfect time for maintaining equipment and reviewing ways in which we might improve our efficiency. Life in the winery is busy, too. Barrels are emptied and refilled, wines are blended and refined, and plans are put in place to assure that we’ll have enough tank space for the new vintages. Up on the farm, we tap maple trees, stack wood, and – just as the winter starts to thaw – we make our way out into the vineyards to prune back the grapevines.

In early Spring, while hidden away from the muddy roads and chilly winds of a fading winter, we bring buckets and buckets of sap down to our roundhouse for boiling in our wood-fired arch. Not only will we produce deliciously sweet maple syrup, but we also produce a concentrated batch for our signature maple wine. Soon after, when the warmth of April and May waft across the state, tender buds start to appear on our grapevines. We witness our vintage come to life in the form of flower clusters, tucked inside the newly emerging shoots. There’s a lot of compost-spreading and the collection of vine clippings also to be done.

Summer is spent combing, tying, and adjusting the vines so that the fruit stays evenly exposed to the sun. We bottle new vintages, taste different blends, and tend to our gardens and flowers up on the farm. In the tasting room, we sample out wines, educate guests about our many varieties, and provide fun and engaging events for all to enjoy.

In the Fall, is harvest. A period of three to six weeks where we traipse across every inch of our vineyards, snipping bunches of grapes away from the vine, loading them onto a tractor, and crushing them into juice down in the winery. Our winemakers immediately begin transferring the juices into various individual tanks, while everyone else continues to collect the remaining grapes. It is easily one of the busiest times of year for us, but there the feeling of satisfaction we get once the harvest is complete makes all the hot, tiring afternoons worth it.



Photo Gallery

Shots of the Vineyards

Tasting Room through the Seasons

Our Labels



Tour the Vineyard

Watch a tour of our tasting room & vineyard.




We’re Hiring!

Are you interested in pursuing a career in wine? Fresh Tracks Farm has the following positions open for hire:

Tasting Room Host/Hostess  | Part Time Position

POSITION SUMMARY: This position is responsible for ensuring that customers have a positive and memorable experience at Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery. They must have a passion for wine and be open to learning the details of the wines we produce and our general operations. Responsibilities include: Greeting customers promptly and courteously; guiding customers to wines they enjoy; setting up and cleaning up daily operations and special events; stocking wine and retail merchandise in the tasting room; accurately performing daily wine inventory and money handling procedures. This position requires you to be at least 21 years of age. WEEKENDS REQUIRED. Please email the tasting room manager if you are interested.

Events/Social Media Coordinator | Full Time Position

POSITION SUMMARY:Events/Social Media.    Full time position
Our events/social media professional works in conjunction with the Fresh Tracks Farm
team to facilitate, organize and execute both Fresh Tracks Farm events
and private events at the winery, works in the tasting room, has
technical proficiency, engages the world at large via Facebook,
Instagram, Twitter, and email and directly through outreach to our
local community.

Please send a cover letter statement of interest and resume to info@freshtracksfarm.com


Spring/Summer Hours!

With May upon us, we are reopening our tasting room next Wednesday May 18th featuring our Wine Down Wednesdays! Tasting room will now be open Wednesday 1-8PM, Thursdays 1-6PM, Friday 1-8PM and Saturday & Sunday 1-6PM. Enjoy our extended hours and sunlight, sip wine out in our patio by the fire or in our cozy tasting room!  Cheers



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Welcome to the Porsche Club of America at Fresh Tracks June 21-25th!

We’re excited to welcome the Porsche Club of America to Fresh Tracks Farm this June! We are looking forward to welcoming them to Fresh Tracks Farm and have them experience our small portion of Vermont.