With Saltwater Farm Vineyard’s harvest of the cabernet franc grapes a week to three away (we promise, we will let everyone know as soon as we know), it is the perfect time to share a little insight into the “workhorse” red of our vineyard.


Cabernet Franc is one of three red varieties planted at Saltwater Farm and by far out produces the other two, Merlot and Pinot Noir. This is because the Cabernet Franc grape does not need as intense a growing season to reach full maturity (in other words, it does not require as much heat and sunshine to fully ripen) and it can also withstand the harsh elements of New England winters a bit better than its SFV red counterparts.

An article recently published in Ink Magazine by Saltwater Farm (written by none other than yours truly) had me researching the lesser known Cabernet, with some interesting finds. Click the article image to enlarge.

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Be sure to check Facebook and the SFV website for the Cab Franc harvest information and shop online or at the Vineyard for our limited edition 2015 Fall Harvest shirt, while supply last.

Want to know even more about Cab Franc? Check out these two recently published articles Chinon, a Red With Attitude (The New York Times) and Cabernet Franc: The Ideal Summer-Into-Fall Wine (The Wall Street Journal).

And don’t forget, we are open Columbus Day, Monday, October 12th with live music by Bob Lavalley from 3pm to 5pm. Watch FoxCT’s video below for an inspired day trip idea.

Cheers to the 2015 Cab Franc, in whatever form it may take!


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