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Winemaking

Heron Hill uses only the most careful processes and state-of-the-art equipment in order to yield the finest, best quality wines.


Jordan Harris, Winemaker

 

 

Heron Hill is very excited to announce the addition of Jordan Harris as Winemaker to our team.  This appointment will continue our ongoing goal in increasing quality, ensuring our success and Heron Hill's legacy,” states Eric D. Frarey, Managing Partner of Heron Hill Winery.
Jordan has received many accolades in the wine industry beginning as a student at Niagara College in Ontario, Canada. 

 He went on to be recognized as one of Canada's top up and coming winemakers and more recently as a passionate leader in Virginia. He was named Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers with Wine Enthusiast and he was awarded Top 100 Most Influential Winemakers in the USA through Intowine.com.  

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The winery employs a six-ton Bucher RFP 30 press, which is known for being the most gentle and delicate press available for crushing the grapes. The winery also uses the Gai 1513 bottling system, which lowers the amount of oxygen exposure during bottling.

Heron Hill houses almost 80,000 gallons of stainless steel tanks and 12,000 gallons of oak barrels. In the main cellar, the stainless steel tanks have refrigeration jackets, which allow for temperature-controlled fermentation and aging. In the nearby barrel room, American and Hungarian oak barrels along with barrels from the French districts of Troncais, Allier, Nevers, and Chagny enhance Chardonnay and red wine varieties.

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