This charming winery was founded in May 2008 by husband and wife Clyde and Terry Housel. The couple, who came from long careers with the Federal Government, began planting their vineyard in 2001 and were grape-growers first. The Housel’s decided from the beginning that they would focus on producing grapes, and then wines, of superior quality. Clyde, who is the winemaker and largely self-taught, is doing just that. Hiddencroft wines are approachable and readily drinkable. The red wines see plenty of barrel time…between 22 and 42 months. The whites are complex and show the characteristics of the terroir…fruit, flowers and spice. Novelty wines of unusual flavors such as blueberry, cherry and blackberry grace the tasting menu as well.
In 2011, the Housels expanded operations to the adjacent property. The tasting room, once housed in their production facility, is now a circa 1830’s farmhouse. Open year-round, the farmhouse has two tasting counters with a view of the backyard, Dutchman’s Creek and a period kitchen building. The upper floor of the farmhouse has seating in three rooms. A large deck seats 44 guests under colorful umbrellas, and has an open view of the vineyard. Behind the deck, a large patio and massive firepit provide additional seating and warm ambiance in cool weather. Flower gardens surround the house and attract the eye with bright colors and a multitude of butterflies.
During the warmer months, tastings also take place in the 1930’s bank barn. The barn is resplendent in simplicity. Massive beams and sturdy floors, with sliding doors that open the barn up to sunlight and fresh air on both the North and South sides. Cracks between the batten strips on the outside of the barn allow in streams of light that lend an ethereal look. Large, rustic chandeliers provides a warm glow. Expansive tasting counters in the barn, made simply from used burgundy barrels and fence boards, allow Hiddencroft to accommodate tastings for up to 50 wine-lovers at a time. For guests who prefer a more personal tasting, the farmhouse is a short walk down a gravel path.
Check the events pages at Hiddencroft Vineyards frequently. Special wine and food pairings, vineyard tours, live music, and wine-maker’s dinners, are scheduled throughout the year.