It’s one factor to get pleasure from a vineyard sufficient to buy each classic launched. It’s one other factor to purchase the vineyard itself. However when offered with the chance to buy Glorie Vineyard in Marlboro, Jacqui Ferrari Heavens and her husband Dan Heavens jumped on the probability to run an operation that already had their hearts.
The leap wasn’t fully unprecedented. “Having a vineyard was one thing we at all times wished to do, we simply figured it will be nearer to retirement age,” says Jacqui, who co-owns the rebranded Quartz Rock Winery in Marlboro. When the winery’s former homeowners selected to promote their 54-acre winery and orchards in 2019, the Heavens, who’d fallen in love with the place years prior, embraced the chance—lengthy earlier than retirement age, and with young children in tow.
“Glorie was the primary place Jacqui and I visited to do a tasting collectively in 2006,” Dan explains. “It was held of their 1913 post-and-beam barn, on this very intimate setting, and we had the possibility to speak concerning the wine with the homeowners. That they had an actual ardour for rising, and you possibly can inform by their merchandise.”
Doug and MaryEllen Glorie ran their namesake vineyard for practically 40 years earlier than deciding they have been prepared for his or her subsequent chapter. The property was listed on the market in spring 2019 and the Heavens reached out straight away. A number of months later, the farm was turned over from the Glories to the Heavens. “They closed in January 2020, and we reopened as Quartz Rock straight away,” Jacqui says, “after which, after all, closed once more.”
After mere months of proudly owning the vineyard, Jacqui, a former CPA who does a lot of the “enterprise facet” of operations, was immediately creating Covid protocols whereas Dan, who grew up on a passion farm in Litchfield, CT and had expertise with farming and fermenting, was nonetheless getting used to the winery’s particular rising wants. The farm sits at 870 toes elevation within the quartz-lined Marlboro mountains, therefore the brand new identify. “It was a difficult begin however we bought by means of, with big because of assist from our employees, clients, the Glories, and the encompassing wine and farming neighborhood,” Dan says.
4 years later, Quartz Rock is a thriving property vineyard alongside the Shawangunk Wine Path. “We’re a small vineyard specializing in high-quality wines grown on website and served in a welcoming, stunning area,” Jacqui explains, noting the expansive views of distant mountains, hilly picnic areas, and firepits supreme for wine and s’mores on colder days of their year-round schedule.
A couple of well-liked wines embrace the 2020 Cabernet Franc, with notes of cherries, blackberries, somewhat raspberry, and an earthy, leathery side that displays the minerality of the mountain’s terroir ($57). It’s additionally a gold medal winner of the 2023 New York Wine Traditional (NYWC) and 2022 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits competitors. The Noiret, Unoaked 2021 additionally received gold on the NYWC and gives a profile of smoke, earth, darkish fruits, and spice ($31) that’s nicely suited to winter.
“The Riesling is well-liked, too, however those that desire a dessert beverage typically go for our Heavens Ice Cider, which tastes like a dessert wine,” Jacqui says. Ice cider, like ice wine, is extracted from frozen fruit. “We stood in 19-degree climate transferring this by hand as a result of it was so chilly that the hoses froze.” The ice cider goes for $23 per 375-milliliter dessert bottle.
Though the vineyard has been producing onerous cider for years, it’s largely taken a backseat to an intensive listing of about 25 wines—till this 12 months. “We’ve heard clients say they get pleasure from our wines however did not know we made cider,” Dan explains, “so we branched out by giving it its personal identify—Bedrock Ciders. We’ve upgraded our gear to provide extra and have been planting extra bushes and fruits.”
Whereas Quartz Rock produces about 1,600 circumstances of wine yearly, their cider output is between 1,200-1,500 gallons. Common cider choices embrace the limited-release Rye Cider ($25), aged in a rye barrel; Golden Granny, an off-dry comprised of Golden Russet and Granny Smith apples ($15); and the Proprietor’s Reserve ($11), a candy mix of the 20 totally different apples grown onsite. Ciders may be bought on-line, however are solely obtainable for pickup.
“We encourage folks to come back by the tasting room—convey meals or get pleasure from a meal from a meals truck right here and have a picnic, or hear stay music or comedy within the taproom,” Jacqui says. Dan provides: “We wish to have folks come right here to benefit from the setting—view the apple bushes, see how grapes develop—but in addition to be taught concerning the wine. We love speaking with clients about how the fruit is grown, what the climate was for a particular season; we will inform you all of it as a result of it’s all completed right here. We’re within the fields, we’re within the taproom—we’re captivated with all of it. Some would possibly name it somewhat loopy.”
“It is likely to be loopy,” Jacqui laughs, “however we adore it.”
Quartz Rock Winery is open Saturday and Sunday 12-5 pm throughout winter. Summer time and fall hours embrace Friday 2-7pm; 12-7 pm on Saturday; and 12-5 pm Sunday.