MEREDITH — Proceeds from the recently crafted Winnipesaukee Rosé by Hermit Woods Winery are being put to good use by the Lake Winnipesaukee Association.
Not only is Lake Winnipesaukee the third largest lake in New England, it is also the most visited lake, bringing hundreds of thousands of people each year to swim, boat, fish and enjoy its magnificent beauty. A little over 44,000 acres, it’s a lot of area for the Lake Winnipesaukee Association to cover in their mission is to protect the water quality and natural resources of the lake. As Pat Tarpey, Executive Director, explains “The lake enjoys good water quality today, but is under threat from stormwater runoff, invasive plant and animal species, nutrient loading, and more. Our organization relies on memberships, donations, and grants to monitor and tackle the threats facing the lake, which is why we are very grateful to Hermit Woods Winery for their commitment to our lake protection programs.”
This past spring, Hermit Woods Winery crafted a new wine, Winnipesaukee Rosé, to help raise funds for and awareness of the lake association’s work. The Winery is donating 10 percent of the profits from the sale of the wine to the Lake Winnipesaukee Association, and recently presented the organization with a check for $1,934, bringing the total donated this year to over $3,400. Per Ken Hardcastle, Hermit Woods winemaker, the partnership has worked out better than anticipated.
“Everything came together perfectly," he said. "I am very happy with the wine, the beautiful label created by Stephen Hodecker, and am so pleased that all this came together for such a good cause.”
Bob Manley, Hermit Woods co-founder, is also enthusiastic about the partnership. “This is the second installment of what we hope to be many, many more. Our Winnipesaukee Rosé has become one of our best selling wines. It’s not only a great way for us to help raise the funds this organization needs to do the good work they do, but the distribution of our wine helps raise awareness of the organization across the state. You can now find our Winnipesaukee Rosé in the New Hampshire State Liquor stores.”
Local artist Stephen Hodecker donated the artwork for the label, as well as giving the Lake Winnipesaukee Association 20 percent of the proceeds from sale of his and his sister Christine’s artwork exhibited at the winery, generating over $600 for the association.
“It’s been such a great experience working with Bob Manley and Stephen Hodecker," said Tarpey. "Their positive response to this project, and the resulting success of the wine has been amazing. Our work stems from a deep appreciation and love for the lake and its environment, and desire to keep it beautiful and clean for countless generations. We cannot do it alone; it is gratifying to know that local businesses care and want to help."
Bob Manley and Ken Hardcastle of Hermit Woods Winery and Pat Tarpey, executive director of the Lake Winnipesaukee Association, toast their successful partnership to protect the lake’s water quality. Proceeds from the sale of Hermit Woods wine, Winnipesaukee Rosé, has generated over $3,400 in support of the Lake Winnipesaukee Association’s lake protection programs. (Courtesy photo)