With a unique retail space located the Basketville Store in Putney, the Putney Mountain Winery is a fantastic, artisinal winery that specializes in hand-crafted, fruit wines created from fruit locally grown on Vermont family farms.
The Putney Mountain Winery produces some 1,500 cases or roughly 18,000 bottles each year, including over a dozen varieties of sparkling and still wines that ensure pristine quality and excellence in every bottle produced.
Founded by Iowa-native Charles Dodge and his wife Kate in 1998, Charles is also a renowned composer and pioneer in classical electronic computer music, receiving his masters and doctorate degrees at Columbia University and teaching at several colleges and universities including Columbia, Brooklyn College and Dartmouth College.
Dodge also co-authored the renowned book Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition, and Performance.
Dodge's impressive music resume continues, however, he recently retired from music to concentrate on the wine-creating endeavors, in which case the Putney Mountain Winery has experienced growth in every year of its' over 10 year existence.
"I moved east in the 60's and started coming to Vermont in the 70's," Dodge said in a recent interview. "My father's family is originally from Vermont, and we moved to Putney in 1989."
The Dodge's original winery was located in the basement of their Holland Hill Road home in Putney, then after 10 years of "experimenting and learning," opened the retail space at Basketville in 1999.
Finally in 2008 the winery was also moved to Basketville, a process that also took about six months to complete.
Charles and Kate create their own wine recipes, and learned their craft mostly through a lot of experimenting. "Just like with composing, it really took about 10 years to learn and understand the craft" Charles added.
A Putney Mountain Winery tasting experience is indeed "fruitful," which can include a Cranberry Wine, Simply Rubarb, Ruhbarb Blush, a very tart/sweet Apple-Maple, a dark Vermont Cassis and a dry, sparkling apple wine, made with locally grown MacIntosh apples.