An amazing Hudson Valley vineyard with free local delivery to Katonah.
What do you do when all of your carefully laid business plans come to a halt just as soon as you open your doors? If you are Dan Heavens and Jacqui Ferrari Heavens, you quickly make new ones.
When the couple first visited Glorie Farm Winery in 2006, they fell in love with the farm, the wines and its authenticity. So when they learned that the founders wanted to sell the farm, they decided to “take a giant leap of faith and do everything we could to chase our dream.” That was just a few months ago.
“Our plan for this business, when we took over, was to build everything off the experience of being at the farm,” says Jacqui. “The wines already have a reputation as high-quality estate wines, the farm is beautiful, and the view is gorgeous. We planned to add live music and food trucks to enhance the experience and make the farm a welcoming place for everyone – including families, children, and dogs – to spend the day. This current situation has completely changed everything, so we have changed the business model to be one of wine delivery. We are truly blown away by the support of this community and are so grateful.”
So now they deliver to homes throughout Katonah, where they continue to live and raise their children while commuting to the farm each day for work. They are so in love with our community, and the numerous “big-hearted, interesting, and wonderful people,” that they refuse to move.
“This current situation has completely changed everything, so we have changed the business model to be one of wine delivery. We are truly blown away by the support of this community and are so grateful.”
Currently, customers are purchasing their two newly released Cabernet Francs, which are both estate wines. One is made from five-year-old vines on the Sunrise Block on the eastern side of the vineyard, and the other is made from 20-year-old vines on the Sunset Block on the western side. According to Jacqui, both wines are outstanding yet remarkably different, making them “a lot of fun to taste side by side.”
Not in the mood for wine these days? You can also request Glorie Farm Winery’s best-kept secret – Gin. They’ve crafted a very small batch, distilled with botanicals foraged from the farm, including juniper berries, staghorn, and Douglas fir.
When it’s safe to return to normal life, Dan and Jacqui hope their neighbors will make the trip up to Hudson Valley to visit the farm for a day. In addition to grapes (both table and wine), they also grow apples, pears, peaches, currants and quince.
“We have been a part of the Hudson Valley wine community as tourists and customers for years,” Jacqui explains. “Now as owners, farmers and winemakers, we want to share all of the happiness and good times we’ve had here with all of you.”