Fresh Tracks Farm in the Rutland Herald

Overcoming preconceptions: Making wine in central Vermont

By Peter Hirschfeld
Vermont Press bureau | February 26,2012

“BERLIN — Hard winters and deep freezes had until recently left Vermont off the world viniculture map. The development of “cold hardy” grape varietals, however, has allowed an emergent wine industry to take root in Green Mountain soils.

From their sprawling compound off Route 12 in Berlin, the husband-wife team at Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard and Winery is leading the first generation of Vermont winemakers.

Christina Castegren and Kris Tootle planted their first vines in 2003. Today, they boast 14 acres of immaculately maintained grapes. As the Frontenacs, La Crescents and Marquettes amass a growing pile of gold medals from regional and national competitions, Fresh Tracks is among the handful of Vermont vineyards working to redefine the state’s image in the wine community.”

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