Most of us know someone who ended up taking an entirely different career path than what they had planned. My mom started out as a teacher but ended up in real estate. My husband Dave received a degree in biology and went back to college to pursue graphic design.
Harrison Lebowitz of Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero, Vermont, studied to be a chemist, became a lawyer, and is now a full-time winemaker. Anyone who has visited Snow Farm Vineyard and tasted the wine will agree that Harrison made the right decision.
A Family Business
Established in 1996 by Harrison and his wife Molly, Snow Farm was Vermont’s first vineyard and grape winery. The winery, located on the southern end of the Champlain Islands, has maintained its mission of keeping the land open and working.
The winery is also very much a family affair. The Lebowitz’s daughter, Tess, drew the wine labels for the Snow White and Rose Red wines when she was six years old.
Snow Farm’s growing season is identical to Burgundy, France, allowing the winery to grow cooler climate grapes. The winery produces a variety of wines including Pinot Noir, Seyval Blanc, Riesling, as well as some dessert wines and a delicious ice wine. Snow Farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between May 1 and Dec. 31.
Maybe when you think of Vermont, wine doesn’t immediately come to mind. But Snow Farm does not disappoint.