›  Jim Hillis

      - Winemaker, Distiller, & Maple Production

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      Jim's winemaking career started at the tender age of 5, when he gathered baskets of dandelions for his dad who made dandelion wine. In college, he learned to distill spirits. A farmer at heart, he loves nature, animals, and the land, and proudly owns 2 agricultural parcels of land in Vermont. Jim began making maple syrup at his farm in Colchester in 1988, and raised a large flock of sheep for meat, in addition to beef cattle, pigs, and various poultry. In 2007 Jim and his wife started planting their vineyard in Colchester with cold hardy grape varietals. The Butler Island Vineyard was planted in 2008, with both vineyards undergoing expansion in quantity and varietals of grapes each year. Jim is an avid hunter, particularly enjoying duck and deer season in the fall. When Jim is not working on the farm, he is employed full time at Perrigo in the chemistry laboratory.

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