RICH TERROIR, RICH HISTORY

 

In 1998, Gloria and her former partner started with the intent of being growers for other vineyards in CT but quickly escalated to a winery as they realized the quality of the product being produced from their land. In 2002, Priam Vineyards became a licensed farm winery and opened to begin marketing their wines in April of 2003.

 

In September 2010, they became the first winery throughout New England to be completely solar powered, completing the installation of panels that provides all the power needed to run the winery as well as all production of their wines. The winery was built into the hillside at the base of the vineyard, as a New England-style barn. It was designed specifically to make use of the earth’s cool temperature in the wine cellar, as well as the use of gravity to feed juice from the crush pad to the tanks, to help reduce the impact on the environment. As environmentalists, they also practice sustainable agriculture, propagating bluebirds rather than using insecticides, to maintain a healthy vineyard.  The 40-acre farm has been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a natural bird and wildlife habitat.

 

The vineyard was named in honor of Gloria’s grandfather, Andrew Priam, whose vineyard and the land was taken from him during the Russian Revolution in Hungary in the early 1900′s. The name “Priam” associates back to Greek mythology, where Priam was the King of Troy, the father of Paris, and brother of Helen of Troy. Although the vineyard and winery have not existed for centuries, there are numerous, fascinating stories of the development of the business, and moments that Gloria and Gary have experienced throughout this adventure. It is truly a magical place!

 

“Terroir” comes from the word “terre” or “land”, a French term in wine used to denote the special characteristics that the geography, geology, and climate of a certain place bestowed upon particular produce, which then contributes to the unique qualities of the crop. It can be very loosely translated as “a sense of place,” which is embodied in certain characteristic qualities, the sum of the effects that the local environment has had on the production of the product.

 

The property has a rich geological history. The vineyard is sitting on an accretionary wedge, which was formed through the convergence of Africa and North America 25,000 years ago. It consists of marine sediments scraped off from the downgoing slab of oceanic crust, which at the time was the Iapetus Ocean, now the Atlantic Ocean. The Iapetus Ocean was an ocean that existed in the Neoproterozoic and Paleozoic eras of the geologic timescale (between 600 and 400 million years ago). It disappeared when Africa shifted into North America, pushing the microcontinent Avalonia (at present is scattered over the east of New England) into the coastline. Africa then regressed, leaving some of the African continent, as well as all of Avalonia, attached to the east coast, and the sea bottom of the Iapetus Ocean pushed to an area about 15 miles off the coast, to as far as Hartford. There are deposits of this rich ocean bottom that create Priam Vineyards, making their wine rich in mineral background and acidity.

 

In 2012 Priam Vineyards was honored to be one of the sites selected by the US Geological Society for a study they were doing on CT. Terroir. The dig performed in our vineyard revealed an abundance of information as to characteristics of our wines, notedly their beautiful, crisp, mineral background, and extraordinary acidic balance. Take a look at the attached PDF below, to learn more about it.

 

In 2012 Priam Vineyards was honored to be one of the sites selected by the US Geological Society for a study they were doing on CT. Terroir. The dig performed in our vineyard revealed an abundance of information as to characteristics of our wines, notedly their beautiful, crisp, mineral background, and extraordinary acidic balance. Take a look at the attached PDF below, to learn more about it.

 

 

 

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