Join Holly and Elmer Savage as they discuss their pioneering efforts in Maine’s grape growing and winemaking industry and the unique challenges of cold-climate grapes.
In 2000, Elmer and Holly Savage bought their farm on Barrett Hill Road fromElmer’s parents. In 2002, they planted 4 varieties of cold hardy wine grapes, 1,000 vines, and thus started Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery. Over the next 4 years they continued to plant vines, and in 2005 had their first harvest. Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery opened their doors with their first vintage, consisting of 4 labels, in 2006. Since then the winery has increased production to 17 different styles, with all but one estate grown.
The Winery continues to be a tourist destination offering Maine wines, local products, events, and starting with their first national act in 2016, a summer concert venue. In 2017, they continued their commitment to sustainability by adding a 35kW solar array to their 1790’s barn roof, making them the first winery in Maine to be 100% solar powered.
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