Lakes Region Winery Brings Home the Medals this Summer

SANBORNTON — Hermit Woods Winery's Petite Blue Reserve and Lake House White wine recently took silver in the Indy International Wine competition held in Indianapolis Indiana this past month. The Indy is the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States. This year's competition received nearly 2,200 entries from 15 countries and 40 US states that were evaluated by 50 distinguished judges.

In other prestigious wine competitions this summer, Hermit Woods took home a total of six more gold, silver, and bronze medals. Other award winners include a gold medal for their Three Honey Wine at the Mazer Cup, the world's premier mead competition, a silver medal for their Mélange and a bronze medal for their Petite Blue in the Fingerlakes International Wine Competition, and a silver for their Heirloom Crabapple and a bronze for their Kiwi Wine and Petite Blue in the Big E wine competition in Massachusetts.

Hermit Woods Winery prides themselves on making wines from whole, local, and as much as possible organic fruits and raw honey. They work with local farmers and apiaries to procure the best fruit and honey possible and support their local economy by only selling their wine in local wine shops and restaurants as apposed to big liquor stores and chain supermarkets.

Bob Manley, one of the partners at Hermit Woods had this to say, "we have only been entering wines for competition for a couple years now, and have yet to not come home without a medal. We are very proud of this accomplishment." In previous years Hermit Woods Winery won a silver medal for their Three Honey Wine and Crabapple Wine. However, Manley wanted to make clear "winning medals is important, but what is most important to us is what our customers have to say, as long as we are making them happy, we will be happy."

Hermit Woods Winery is a small boutique winery located in Sanbornton. Their tasting room is open five days a week in the summer and on weekends in the fall. Learn more about Hermit Woods by visiting their website at or through