October 9th, 2019

- Grape harvest started last week at the farm. Our Marquette grapes are picked and have started their primary fermentation on the skins. We’ll pick and press Lacrescent grapes this week. During harvest the tasting room is open by chance on the weekends. We might be elbow deep in grapes when you stop, but we always welcome visitors!

September 21st, 2019

- The tasting room is open on Saturday from 12-5 and Sunday from 12-4. Stop by!

September 1st, 2019

- The tasting room hours this week are 12-6 pm on September 1 and 2. Stop by to see the grapes ripening and sip some wine!

November 18th, 2018

- The winery tasting room in the sugarhouse is closed for the Winter season. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the Spring!

April 30th, 2016

- We're back in the groove and open this weekend! We are open Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1. On Saturday we'll be working in the farm vineyard working on vine pruning, and you'll find a 2 way radio on the sugarhouse door to call us in from the vineyard. Don't be shy about calling us in from the vineyard- we LOVE to take breaks from pruning! On Sunday we'll be working in the weather forecast is calling for rain. Stop by and see us! Happy Spring!

April 14th, 2016

- We are closed from April 16-24. We'll see ya in May!

- Our granddaughter, Amelia is turning one this weekend! We'll be open from 2-6 pm on Saturday, April 9, and 12-5 on Sunday, April 10. Happy birthday sweet Amelia!! 🎂 💜

April 1st, 2016

- Vermont Maple Open House Weekend is here! Our sugarhouse will be open on April 2 & 3 from 12-5 pm. Come join the fun!

- Due to unexpected illness, we are closed today. We apologize for this inconvenience.

March 25th, 2016

- We are open Easter weekend, March 26 & 27 from 12-5 pm both days.

March 19th, 2016

- We are open on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 & 20, from 12-5 pm.

March 12th, 2016

- Here we go! The sap is flowing and we are opening the sugar house! Open 12-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13.

- Our tasting room is closed for the winter season. Our wines are still available for sale during the winter season by calling us at 802-893-2928 or emailing us at stripslashes((strlen('hillisfarm')>0?'[email protected]':'[email protected]')). Wine must be picked up at the farm- sorry, no shipping available.

November 7th, 2015

- We are open from 12-4 on November 7 & 8. 🍇🍷

October 30th, 2015

- Stop by to find the perfect wine to pair with Halloween candy! Open 12-5 on Halloween and November 1. 🎃🍫🍭🍷

October 24th, 2015

- Open 12-5 pm this weekend. 🍷

October 17th, 2015

- We are open 12-5 pm on October 17 & 18.

June 6th, 2015

- Closed this weekend (June 6-7).

May 30th, 2015

- We are closed May 30 and 31 as we finish up spring vineyard work at the farm vineyard.

May 2nd, 2015

- Due to a death in the family, we will be closed until May 16. Please hug those you love andive each day to the fullest.

- Our sugaring equipment is all washed and put away, which means we are headed out to the vineyard to prune! We'll be open this weekend, April 25 from 12-5 pm, April 26 from 12:30-5 pm. If you see a sign on the sugarhouse door that we are in the vineyard pruning, just use the two way radio on the door handle to call us and we'll be right there to help you. Happy Spring!

April 17th, 2015

- We'll be open 12-5 on Saturday, 12:30-5 on Sunday this weekend (April 18-19). This is our last weekend we'll be running the evaporator and making maple syrup for this season. Stop by for maple and wine- we're looking forward to seeing ya!

April 11th, 2015

- We have a great reason to be closed today...we became grandparents again late last night! Welcome to the farm and the world Amelia Violet Seguin!

- We are closed today, April 11 but will be open again on April 12, from 12-5 pm.

April 4th, 2015

- Open 12-5 on April 4 and 12:30-5 on April 5.

March 22nd, 2015

- Brrrrr, it's wicked cold out there! We're waiting for good 'ole Mother Nature to turn up the thermostat so the sap will start flowing! The weather forecast looks favorable for a good sap run starting Tuesday of this week, so we should be in fine shape for Maple Open House Weekend (March 28 and 29). We'll be open 12-5 on Saturday and Sunday of Maple Open House weekend, featuring maple syrup making and wine tasting!

February 13th, 2015

- "The best-laid plans of mice and men do often go astray." This quote describes our plans to open our tasting room for Valentines weekend. Due to the extreme cold forecasted for this weekend and our lack of heat in our sugarhouse wine tasting room, we will unfortunately not be open for wine tasting this weekend as we had originally planned. Stay tuned, though...if Mother Nature cooperates we'll be opening up for the season in early March.

November 15th, 2014

- Frigid temperatures and snow has arrived to northern Vermont, which means that our sugarhouse tasting room is closed for the late fall-winter season. No worries, though! You can still purchase our wines by calling us at 802-893-2928 or email at stripslashes((strlen('hillisfarm')>0?'[email protected]':'[email protected]')). (No wine tasting during the winter). Stay warm and cozy, and enjoy Vermont wines!

November 1st, 2014

- We are closed on November 1 & 2. Sorry for the inconvenience.

- Hours for the remainder of October: The tasting room is closed on October 11 and 12, but will be open on October 18 & 19 and 25 & 26.

October 3rd, 2014

- Just harvested the last varietal of our grapes this afternoon at the farm, so you know what that means...we are opening the tasting room back up this weekend! Open October 4th ad 5th from 12-5 pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

- The tasting room will be closed during our two harvest weekends, which are September 20-21 and September 27-28. We'll be busy picking, crushing, and pressing grapes during that time period. We anticipate re-opening the tasting room in early October- see you then!

September 13th, 2014

- Open 12-5 pm on September 13-14.

September 7th, 2014

- Open 12-5 pm on Sunday, September 7 :)

September 1st, 2014

- On this Labor Day, we'll be laboring in the farm vineyard putting up nets on the grapevines. We'll be open for tastings from 12-5 pm today, too. Just walk out to the vineyard or call us on the two way radio at the sugarhouse door and we'd be happy to serve you!

August 29th, 2014

- Open 12-5 pm Saturday & Sunday, August 30 and 31. Come enjoy the fruits of our labor!

August 23rd, 2014

- The winery tasting room is closed on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 & 24.

- Given the rain we had last night and rain forecast for later this afternoon, we've decided to postpone the bonfire until a later date. We'll just move the gathering inside the sugarhouse and visit with everyone there from 6-9 pm. We'll roast some hot dogs on the grill instead of the bonfire and enjoy visiting with everyone! Special case discounts will be offered from 6-9 pm today!

- Vermont Vineyard & Winery Open House Weekend is almost here! We'll be open 12-6 pm on August 16 & 17 for wine tasting and vineyard tours. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

- Wow! It's been a busy week at the farm! Between working in the farm vineyard and bottling wine all week, we've been out straight! We'll be working in the island vineyard on Saturday (August 9), so the tasting room at the farm will be closed that day. The tasting room will be open on Sunday, August 10 from 12-5 pm. Also, mark your calendars for the fourth annual Vermont Vineyard and Winery Open House Weekend to be held August 16 and 17! Visit the Vermont Grape and Wine Council's website atstripslashes((strlen('www.vermontgrapeandwinecouncil.com')>0?' www.vermontgrapeandwinecouncil.com':' www.vermontgrapeandwinecouncil.com')) for more information about this statewide event. At Hillis' Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard, we'll be open 12-6 pm both days (August 16 & 17) for wine tasting and vineyard tours. We're planning a bonfire for Saturday evening (August 16) at 6 pm to celebrate the clearing of our site for our future distillery! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun!

August 1st, 2014

- Open for wine tasting Saturday and Sunday, August 2 & 3, from 12-5 pm.

July 26th, 2014

- Open for wine tasting Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, from 12-5 pm.

- Please join us at the Open Farm and Studio Tour this Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13! We'll be doing wine tasting and selling wine at Edgewood Farm & Vineyard located at 122 Reynolds Road in Grand Isle from 10-5 pm both days. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

May 26th, 2014

- The tasting room is closed today in observance of Memorial Day. Please keep our past and present military members in your thoughts today.

- Pruning at our Butler Island vineyard today, so the farm tasting room is closed. Enjoy the sunshine!

May 11th, 2014

- We are closed for wine tastings the weekend of May 10 and 11 as we are finishing pruning at the farm vineyard. Stay tuned for upcoming open dates!

April 17th, 2014

- Sugaring season was certainly short and sweet this year! We are boiling the last of our sap tonight, then the sugarhouse and tasting room are closed for the remainder of April as we clean up from sugaring and prepare our vineyard work. Check back in early May for dates we'll be open :)

April 12th, 2014

- Open 11-5 on April 12 & 13. Spring is here!

April 5th, 2014

- Got sap? We do! Finally! The sugarhouse will be open 11-5 April 5 and 6. Stop by!

March 23rd, 2014

- We regret to say that we are closed again on Sunday, March 23. Lack of sap compounded with illness has made it impossible to open the sugarhouse this weekend. We apologize to all who had planned to visit. We are confident that the sugarhouse will be open next weekend. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
~Jim & Judy

- Update: Saturday, March 22: We will NOT be able to open the sugarhouse today, due to lack of sap and family illness. We are so very sorry. Please check back as we determine if we can open on Sunday.

March 21st, 2014

- We will be open for Maple Open House Weekend, March 22 and 23, from 11-5 each day. Hoping that Mother Nature will cooperate and let the sap flow. One thing is for sure, though, is that the wine will be flowing in the sugarhouse tasting room!

February 8th, 2014

- ~Sugarbush Vineyard Wines~

Taste up to 9 grape wines for $5+ tax *Taste Candy Apple or Maple Ambrosia for $1+ tax

SUGARHOUSE WHITE ~ Fermented to dry, our Seyval Blanc has characteristic notes of grapefruit, green apple and melon in the aroma and taste, as well as touch of minerality. Pairs well with white fish, shell fish, and appetizers. $14+tax

PINOT GRIS ~ Our dry, crisp and acidic Pinot Gris has a lovely finish with citrus flavors and mineral aromas. Pair this with seafood, light pastas and cheese cracker combinations. $16 +tax

VIDAL BLANC ~ The clean fruity floral characteristics of semi-dry Vidal Blanc pairs well with seafood or pasta with cream sauces, as well as poultry dishes. $14 +tax

SUGARBUSH WHITE: Our lightly oaked semi-dry Riesling has essences of light and crisp green apples & grapefruit and nice mineral finish . Also pairs well with seafood and spicy Asian cuisine.
$14 +tax

TRAMINETTE ~ This off-dry aromatic varietal reveals delicious floral, spice and tropical fruit flavors. Pairs well with sausage, fine cheeses, fruit dishes, and zesty recipes. $14 +tax

SUGARHOUSE SWEETHEART ~ Made from the Brianna grape, this semi-sweet white wine is crisp & delicate, with sun-drenched notes of pineapple, apricot & peaches on the nose. Serve well chilled with fruits and cheeses or simply enjoy it by itself. $14 +tax

MARECHAL FOCH ~ This light, fruity unoaked red with hints of tart cherry and a wonderful cracked black pepper finish pairs deliciously with grilled meats. $16 +tax

RED MAPLE ~ A fun red grape dessert wine with a maple infusion. Tart cherry notes as well as a bit of leather, with a smooth maple finish. Enjoy with fresh fruits dipped in chocolate fondue. $20+ tax

SUGARBUSH NECTAR ~ A delightful white grape wine with a maple infusion, our signature dessert wine is fruit forward with a smooth maple finish on the palate. Pairs well with fruit and many sweet desserts, or can stand alone as a dessert wine. $20 +tax

*MAPLE AMBROSIA: At long last, a taste of heaven on earth! This 100% maple wine is smooth, well balanced, and worth the wait. Pair this heavenly drink with soft cheese or apple pie, or savor a glass after dinner.
$30+ tax

*CANDY APPLE: Our apple-maple ice cider is a beautiful marriage of the sweet-tart blend of apples and the delicate sweetness of maple. An exquisite dessert wine, Candy Apple pairs nicely with warm apple pie with a slice of sharp Vermont Cheddar! $40 + tax



February 6th, 2014

- Vermont's 3rd annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend will be held on February 8 & 9! We'll be opening the sugarhouse tasting room this weekend from 12 pm - 5 pm each day for guests to enjoy wine tasting paired with our homemade maple confections! Our featured wine will be our MAPLE AMBROSIA, which is our 100% estate maple wine, paired with our maple blondies and maple buckeyes. Tastings of our Maple Ambrosia wine paired with a maple confection are free all weekend! (Tasting fees will apply for our grape wines and ice cider). Bundle up and stop by the sugarhouse tasting room for a sweet treat with your sweetheart!

December 28th, 2013

- The winery tasting room is closed for the winter season. We'll be opening up again in early March. In the meantime, please call us if you wish to purchase wine by the bottle. Stay warm and enjoy the season!

October 12th, 2013

- Open from 12-5 pm on October 12 & 13. Enjoy this beautiful Autumn weather!

October 4th, 2013

- The winery tasting room will be open from 12-5 on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6.

September 28th, 2013

- Our annual grape harvest begins on September 28! We'll be picking and crushing and pressing on Saturday and Sunday...which means that we will be open by chance throughout the weekend. Happy harvest!

September 2nd, 2013

- Open today, September 2, 11-5. The sky is pouring rain, we are pouring wine!

September 1st, 2013

- Open today, September 1, from 11-5.

- Vermont Vineyard and Winery Open House Weekend is almost here! Stop by the farm on Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18 for wine tasting and walks through the vineyard. We have two new delicious wines on our tasting list to try- yum!

- On July 13 and 14, we'll be participating in the Champlain Islands Open Farm and Studio Tour. We'll also be participating in the Annual Islands Bike Tour on July 13. We'll be located both days at Edgewood Farm and Vineyard, 122 Reynolds Road in Grand Isle. Stop by Edgewood from 10-5 Saturday and Sunday, tour the vineyards, and taste Sugarbush Vineyard wines. For more info on the Open Farm and Studio Tour, visit their website atstripslashes((strlen('http://www.openfarmandstudio.com/index.html.')>0?' http://www.openfarmandstudio.com/index.html.':' http://www.openfarmandstudio.com/index.html.'))

May 26th, 2013

- This 8 day rain streak has put us quite behind on planting and vineyard work- ugh! Hoping for sun, sun, and more sun! The winery tasting room is currently closed while we finish up planting in the vineyards. Check back in soon for upcoming hours :)

April 15th, 2013

- The sugarhouse and winery tasting room are closed for the remainder of April so we can prepare the vineyards for planting and growing season. See ya in May!

April 12th, 2013

- Maple sugaring season is coming to an end, and this is our last weekend of boiling sap for this year. The sugarhouse and wine tasting room will be open 11-5 Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14. Stop by and pick up your wine and maple this weekend, as we'll be closed from April 18 to the end of the month as we prepare the vineyards for the 2013 planting and growing season.

- Health benefits of real maple syrup are far more comprehensive than you might expect. The only product in our diet coming directly from a plant’s sap, this natural sweetener features over 54 antioxidants that can help delay or prevent diseases caused by free radicals, such as cancer or diabetes. In addition, maple syrup features high levels of zinc and manganese, keeping the heart healthy and boosting the immune system. Stop by and pick up your supply of healthy maple syrup this weekend- open 11-5 Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. And of course, we'll be doing wine tasting, too!

March 29th, 2013

- We are open 11-5 on Saturday and Sunday of Easter weekend. Stop by and pick up some wine and maple for your Easter dinner :)

March 24th, 2013

- Check out the link below to read the article published last week about our farm:

March 23rd, 2013

- Open 11-5 this weekend!

March 15th, 2013

- This evening we are having "sugar snow" at the farm. Sugar snow is big, fat, fluffy snowflakes that quietly fall and accumulate just a little- a sure sign that sugaring season is in full swing. The sap tank is full and we'll be boiling both days this weekend. Stop by Saturday and Sunday 11-5 for maple and wine tasting in the sugarhouse :)

March 10th, 2013

- The sap is running and it's time to sweeten the pan today! We are open 12-5 today for sugarhouse tours and wine tasting :)

- First a snow storm, now sickness...we just can't catch a break this weekend. Regretfully we won't be able to open the tasting room today as we are both down for the count. Our sincere apologies to those who were planning to stop by for the wine and confection weekend.

February 8th, 2013

- "The best laid plans of mice and men do often go astray." Although we had great plans of kicking off the Wine and Confections weekend tomorrow, Mother Nature threw a big white monkey wrench in our plans...in the form of a huge snowstorm! Since the storm is not expected to end until sometime tomorrow afternoon, we'll be working on digging out of this winter wonderland so that a) we can get out, and b) you can get in! So, no wine tasting on Saturday (sorry), but we should be ready for Sunday. Stay tuned...

February 3rd, 2013

- While the rest of the country is celebrating Superbowl Sunday today, here at the farm & vineyard we are celebrating Super Bottling Sunday! Whites and reds are slipping out of their winter slumber into their sleek bottle homes. February 9 and 10 is Wine and Confection Weekend at the farm tasting room, and we're gearing up for a fun time!

January 13th, 2013

- Winter hours for wine tasting in the sugar house tasting room:
~January: closed for tastings
~February: open for tastings February 9 and 10, 12 pm-5pm
~March: open every weekend for tastings

Wine is available for sale throughout the winter by calling us at 893-2928. Stay warm and cozy during these chilly winter months!

September 3rd, 2012

- Day 3 of a triple header of gorgeous long weekend weather! Wine tasting and vineyard tours today from 11-5. Keep that sunshine coming!

- Open 11-5 this weekend for wine tasting and vineyard tours~ harvest is quickly approaching!

- Vermont Vineyard and Winery Open House Weekend is almost here! Participating vineyards and wineries throughout the state will be open on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19. We will be open 11-5 both days this weekend for wine tasting, vineyard tours, and apple cider pressing. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

- July 14 and 15 will be the Lake Champlain Open Farm and Studio Tour. Wine tastings and wine sales will be held at Sugarbush Vineyard in Colchester and Edgewood Farm & Vineyard in Grand Isle on those dates. There will be 42+ artists, farmers, growers, and wine and food vendors throughout the Champlain Islands. Looking forward to seeing folks at both locations!


April 22nd, 2012

- Wine tastings and vineyard tours will be available by chance or appointment for the next several weeks as we prepare both the farm and island vineyards for the growing season.

April 7th, 2012

- It's pruning time at the farm vineyard! Stop by this weekend to see the vines get "a little taken off the top" and taste some fun wines to pair with your Easter and Passover feasts!

April 1st, 2012

- Yup, we're packed up, moved out, and are headed to Kauai to start a vineyard and winery in paradise! We'll be living in a cute little shack on the beach and eating Mahi Mahi every day! APRIL FOOLS!!! Only kidding about Kauai.......we're still here on the farm in Colchester, making maple syrup, growing grapes, and making great wines. Stop by 11-5 today...and see for yourself that we really didn't escape to Kauai!

- Despite the lack of maple sap to boil this weekend, we still had a great time meeting lots of folks coming for wine tasting! Thanks to all who braved the cold and dreary weather to venture out to see us- we enjoyed seeing all of you!

- Vermont Maple Open House weekend will be March 24 and 25 this year. We're hoping that we'll have some sap to boil this weekend, however this unusually warm weather is putting a damper on sugaring right now. We'll be open Saturday and Sunday 11-5, and we'll have maple syrup and maple cotton candy for sale along with wine tastings in the sugarhouse. Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

- Did you know....pure Vermont maple syrup contains manganese and zinc, natural antioxidents which are good for your immune system, male reproductive systems and helps prevent damage to the heart. Plus...pure maple syrup has 20 known beneficial compounds for health and now researchers have discovered 34 more, five of which have never been found in nature before. The health benefits of maple syrup are even better than previously known and might help fight cancer, types 2 diabetes and infection.

March 8th, 2012

- Holy sap flow! The sap is running gangbusters today! Just finished scrubbing the evaporator and getting everything ready for our first boil. Stop by this weekend to taste the first maple syrup of the season! Wine tastings will also be happening in the sugarhouse tasting room. Open 11-5 Saturdays and Sundays :)

February 5th, 2012

- Love is in the air! Sugarbush Vineyard will be participating in the first annual Vermont Wine and Chocolate Weekend to be held on February 11 & 12. Our tasting room will be open on the farm from 11-5 both days, with our featured pairing being our "Maple Ambrosia" wine with our handmade maple candies. Watch WCAX on February 7 between 5:30 and 6:00 pm to find out about this statewide event sponsored by the Vermont Grape and Wine Council. Wine + chocolate (or in our case, MAPLE!) = LOVE!!!

January 21st, 2012

- We are wearing our sugarmakers hats today. We made our annual trek to maple school to learn new info about making the best maple syrup in the world! We met lots of great people, learned some new tips and techniques, and now we are ready to get the maple sap flowing. All we need is a bit of cooperation from Mother Nature, and the sweet stuff will be flowing once again!

December 28th, 2011

- As we get ready to celebrate the New Year, please, please, please don't drink and drive- and don't ride with anybody who does. Tipsy Tow will be offered by AAA. You don't have to be a AAA member, from 6pm-6am on New Year's Eve/Day they will take anyone too tipsy to drive and their car home for FREE. Save this number... 1-800-222-4357. This services is nationwide. Please re-post this if you don't mind to help save lives. Have a safe and happy New Year!

December 17th, 2011

- Our wine tasting room is closed for the winter, as it is located in an unheated building. We will open up again for wine tastings on the weekends starting in March. In the meantime, wine is available for purchase by calling us at 893-2928. Happy Holidays!

October 13th, 2011

- Our next wine tasting weekend is scheduled for October 22-23 at the farm. In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful fall foliage!

- Wine a bit, you'll feel better! Seriously though, there's nothing to whine about with regards to the weather this weekend- it is absolutely gorgeous! Wine tasting today from 11-5. Wine pairing tip of the day: head up to South Hero, pick up a delicious apple pie at one of the orchards and a brick of sharp VT cheddar, and enjoy the apple pie and cheddar with a bottle of our maple-infused apple ice cider "Candy Apple". Bon Appetit!

October 5th, 2011

- The winery tasting room will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11-5 on Columbus Day weekend. Our Sugarbush White, Vidal Blanc, and Red Maple are in stock and back on the tasting list, along with our other fantastic red and white table wines and delicious dessert wines.

September 23rd, 2011

- Harvest weekend is here! A weekend filled with grape picking, grape squishing, and wine tasting....aaahhh, life is good! Open 11-5 Saturday and Sunday - stop by and join in the fun :)

- How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood? Are where is that wood chuck when you need him to stack firewood??!! Winter is quickly approaching and we're filling wood sheds all weekend for the maple sugaring arch and wood stoves in the house. Stop by this weekend and taste some fun wines, which will give us a great reason to take a much needed break from our marathon wood stacking session!

September 3rd, 2011

- The tasting room is open 11-5 on Saturday and Monday of Labor Day weekend. Stop by and see our beautiful grapes and taste our delicious wines!

August 29th, 2011

- Took an early morning stroll through the farm vineyard this morning and found that the grapes are still there! Thank goodness! Irene was a tough storm, but the grapes were tougher! Harvest is coming soon!!!

August 27th, 2011

- We battened down the hatches at the Butler Island vineyard yesterday, and are securing everything at the farm vineyard today in preparation for Irene. Stop by the tasting room today to pick up a delicious bottle of wine to sip on while you ride out the storm tomorrow! Stay safe everyone!

- Vermont Vineyard and Winery Open House Weekend starts tomorrow morning at the farm! We'll have our apple-maple ice cider "Candy Apple", and our red dessert wine "Red Maple" back in the tasting room this weekend along with our Sugarhouse White, Pinot Gris, Sugarbush White, Vidal Blanc, Traminette, Marechal Foch, Sugarbush Nectar, and Maple Ambrosia. We'll have a demo on pressing apples to make fresh apple cider, plus vineyard tours all weekend. Open 11-5, come join in on the fun!

- The Vermont Grape and Wine Council's second annual Vineyard and Winery Open House Weekend will be on August 20 and 21. We will be featuring vineyard tours, wine tasting, maple products, and other fun events from 11-5 both days. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

- On July 24, we brought our wine and maple syrup to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival at Shelburne Farm. There were several members of the press there from all around New England, and below is a link to an article from a Boston reporter on our Maple Ambrosia wine. stripslashes((strlen('http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com/2011/07/photos-from-2011-vermont-cheesemakers.html')>0?' http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com/2011/07/photos-from-2011-vermont-cheesemakers.html':' http://bostonrestaurants.blogspot.com/2011/07/photos-from-2011-vermont-cheesemakers.html'))

April 9th, 2011

- Come check out our two new dessert wines, "Red Maple" and "Maple Ambrosia" this weekend at the sugarhouse winery tasting room! We also have lots of medium amber and fancy maple syrup bottled up and ready as well. Open Saturday and Sunday 11-5.

April 2nd, 2011

- The sap storage tank is full to the brim, which means the evaporator will be running full steam ahead this weekend! We are open 11-5 Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and sample the first tastes of spring!

- Even though it's a wee bit chilly out there, we'll have warm maple syrup fresh off the evaporator to sample, delicious maple cotton candy, and a fun variety of wines to taste in the sugarhouse today! We are open 11-5 both days this weekend. Don't forget your mud boots and winter parkas!

March 19th, 2011

- Join us for Maple Open House Weekend March 19 and 20 from 11 am to 5 pm both days. Taste fresh maple syrup and delicious wines! Looking forward to seeing everyone!

- Even though it looks quiet at the farm right now, there's a lot of activity going on behind the scenes. Several new wines are fermenting, aging, and being bottled in the vin cave; vineyard planting and pruning is being planned out; and preparations are being made for tapping the maples and getting maple sugaring season started next month. The winery tasting room is open by appointment only until early March, and then we will have regular weekend hours through the spring. See you soon!

- The sugarhouse and winery tasting room will be open on weekends through November 14, then open by appointment only the remainder of November. Please call 802-893-2928 to schedule an appointment for wine tasting and wine and maple purchases. We are hoping the weather will allow us to open the tasting room on weekends through December up until Christmas, for those hoping to give the gift of maple and wine for the holidays. Check us out on Facebook, "Hillis' Sugarbush Farm and Vineyard, LLC", too!

- Yesterday we had a truly unique guest at the winery tasting room- a young female moose! She appeared at the door, perhaps to sample some yummy wines to pair with her fall feasts? Before I could ask for an I.D., however, she ran into the pasture, knocking down a few fences on her way in and out. We will be open again today from 12-5, but you may find me putting the finishing touches on fence repairs as you drive in!

- The winery tasting room located in our beautiful timber framed sugarhouse will be open on Saturdays from 11-5 and Sundays 12-5 through November 14. We have several wonderful whites to compliment your holiday feasts, a lovely red perfect for pairing with autumn grilling, and two delicious dessert wines to satisfy your sweet tooth!

- Come visit us at the Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival in Mount Snow this weekend (September 25 and 26). We will have a great selection of our wines at the festival. Our whites include our Sugarhouse White, Sugarbush White, Pinot Gris, Traminette, and Vidal Blanc. We'll also have our first red, Marechal Foch, with us as well. And of course, we'll round out our wine selection with our two maple infused dessert wines, our Sugarbush Nectar and Candy Apple. See you at Mount Snow!

- Mark your calendars- August 21 and 22 will be the first annual Vermont Vineyard and Winery Open House Weekend! Participating vineyards and wineries will open their doors to the public and provide fun, educational programs so folks can learn about the growing wine industry in Vermont. Visit the Vermont Grape and Wine Council's website atstripslashes((strlen('www.vermontgrapeandwinecouncil.com')>0?' www.vermontgrapeandwinecouncil.com':' www.vermontgrapeandwinecouncil.com')) for information about vineyards, wineries, and the wine trail. Stop by and see us 11-5 both days!

- As we are busy in the vineyard currently, our hours are by appointment or chance for wine tastings and sales. Call us at the farm at 802-893-2928 to schedule a time to stop by!

April 10th, 2010

- The tasting room is closed today (April 10), but we'll re-open tomorrow (April 11) from 11 am to 5 pm. We are also available for private tasting sessions weekdays from 4-5 pm. Give us a call at 802-893-2928 to schedule a private tasting session!

- The sugarhouse and winery tasting room open for 2010 on Saturday, March 6! We are open 11-5 on weekends and will feature maple syrup and wine tastings, as well as have maple syrup, maple confections, and Sugarbush Vineyard wines available for purchase. Stop by and sample the fruits of our labor- we look forward to seeing you! Jim & Judy & family

March 2nd, 2010

- After a period of downtime, our website has been restored, We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

August 23rd, 2009

- Welcome to the new Hillis' Sugarbush Farm & Vineyard website. I just finished the last finishing touches to it today. Feel free to browse around our website and contact us with any comments or questions you may have.

August 22nd, 2009

- This Sunday, August 23, 2009 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival is taking place. For more information visit the stripslashes((strlen('')>0?'':'Vermont Cheesemakers Festival')) website.

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