June 2nd & 3rd 2nd STREET MARKET WINEFEST, DAYTON OHIO
Harmony Hill poured for the 3rd consecutive year at The National City Second Street Market Winefest in Dayton, where over 25,000 Ohio wine consumers were in attendance.
May 19th & 20th
WESTCHESTER WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL
Harmony Hill poured May 19 and 20 at the West Chester Wine and Food Festival to benefit the Voice of America museum.
Harmony Hill's 'Sixteen Saturdays' campaign has been a huge success. A big "Thank You" to those of you who have made this summer an enjoyable one.
Never being afraid to jump out of our comfort zone, Harmony Hill poured at the Mainstay Rock Bar in September.
In two years, Harmony Hill Winery has already outgrown its physical space. The construction of our 700 square foot, super insulated bottle aging room is well under way. Thanks to all of you who helped make this addition necessary.
The first annual "BRING YOUR POOCH" Christmas Open House held December 17th was a huge success. The weather that day was the nicest we'd seen at the farm all month and all who attended had a wonderful time. Thanks to those of you who dressed your pooches for the holiday and brought them along.
In keeping with our Thanksgiving Day tradition of planting new trees on the farm, Patti and I planted our 20 foot Apple Tree Vineyard Gazebo this Thanksgiving. It doesn't look like much now, but we are real excited about this addition to the grounds. Should make a great place to smell the flowers, see the grapes and drink some fine wine.
Harmony Hill Vineyards poured at the The Second Annual Taste of Clermont in Batavia, Ohio on September 10th. HHV was one of only three Southwest Ohio wineries to pour at this prestigious event, and Bill and Patti enjoyed working side by side with Henke Winery www.HenkeWine.com and Valley Vineyards www.Valley_Vineyards.com. On behalf of the three wineries, we thank The Ohio Grape Industries Council and The Village Association of Batavia for their support and sponsorship.
Dear Friends of Harmony,
Patti and I would like to thank all of you who ventured into Bethel for a day in the country. Our Grand Opening Weekend was both overwhelming and exhilarating. At closest count, there were 1200 of you who blessed our farm with your presence. It warmed our hearts to look around the farm at the folks picnicking under the trees and experiencing a down-home wine tasting as it was meant to be; comfortable, non-threatening and memorable.
We would also like to compliment your patience, as we know there were times when the parking, long lines and heat worked against us. Modifications to the parking lots, tasting area, etc., will certainly be forthcoming prior to our next open house.
We certainly hope that you had a memorable experience and hope to see you all at the winery soon. In the meantime,
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
Bill and Patti
These pictures are from the Westchester Wine and Food Festival, June 24th and 25th at Voice of America Park.
On June 3 and 4, we poured for the second year at the 2nd Street Market District National City WineFest.
Bill and Patti visited the premier winery trade show, Unified Symposium, in Sacramento California in January, with fellow growers, Ron and Nancy (Kinkead Ridge Winery, Ripley). A trip to Napa and Sonoma followed the show!
In keeping with tradition, the spring of 2005 has forced another dozen gray hairs out on my already graying head. May 4th and 5th were record low temperatures in the vineyard of 29.6 and 29.4 respectively. Needless to say, I slept very little those two nights, in the vineyards at 3 am monitoring temp, wind, humidity, and impending frost damage. The good news is that the combination of straw bale burning (see pictures) and warm water sprays (1500 gallons) seems to have thwarted any significant damage to the vines, so we are looking for another excellent vintage for 2005.
On an even happier note, our new Traminette vineyard block is planted and the vines of this spicy white grape (Gewurztraminer parents) are progressing nicely. The release of our 2004 vintage wines is scheduled for Saturday, July 2nd with an open house, Christmas In July and bring-your-own-picnic event at the winery. Watch this site or sign up on the contact form to receive further notification.
Harmony Hill wines were well-received at the Chefs Growers Collaborative "From the Garden to the Table" at the Iron Horse Restaurant in Glendale on August 15, 2004.
Our Concerto : 2004 Indy International Wine Competition : Bronze
Harmony Hill "Concerto" was poured at the A Taste of Clermont, September 11 and 12, 2004 in the wine tent.
We poured our wines at the 2nd Street Market Winefest in Dayton Ohio on June 4 and 5 and the Childrens' Hunger Alliance in Columbus, Ohio.