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Meet Lewis Eaton of Sweet Baby Vineyard in Hampstead

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lewis Eaton.

Lewis, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We started Sweet Baby Vineyard in 2008 after discovering our love of wine making.
 What started as a hobby for Lewis, quickly grew into a family business, producing 5000 cases annually. We chose our home in Hampstead, NH because it had a lot of lands for our children to play and space to garden. Growing up in New Hampshire, our family has always enjoyed all of the fresh fruits that the spring, summer, and fall bring. Each season we take the kids to the local farms to pick strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and apples. We decided to bring these fresh fruits grown at our local farms to our wine. We also turned part of our land into a vineyard, which yields five varieties of the grapes we use in our wine.

Lewis is the winemaker at Sweet Baby Vineyard. He worked for over 15 years building bridges, during which time he also returned to college to earn a degree in business. A love of wine and a desire to start his own business paved the way for a major career change. He is also the President of the New Hampshire Winery Association. Stacey is the office manager at Sweet Baby Vineyard, as well as a Special Education Administrator for a local school district. Our children enjoy helping in the vineyard and with the picking of fruit. They have learned where our food comes from and know all of our farmers personally since we use the same ones every year and showcase their farm names on our labels. We are looking forward to sharing our wines with everyone and continuing to support our local farming and wine making community.
– Lewis and Stacey Eaton

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been difficult succeeding in the wine industry, as with any business. Starting a winery is incredibly costly to start because the product needs to be aged. Building inventory is a huge hurdle. Also being a local producer, we have to compete for shelf space with the large producers from California and other prominent wine regions of the world. Thankfully faith was put into us by retailers like Market Basket, the NH State Liquor Commission, Mckinnons and other local friendly establishments. They proudly display our products and give it the respect it deserves. In the last year, our products have sold more units than any other local producer in the state stores.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Sweet Baby Vineyard – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Our company specializes in local NH Grown fruit and grape wines. We use the same farms every year and have built a bond with them. They are like family to us and have a commitment to quality as we do. We are most proud of the feel our wines have, both in quality and the easiness of them. Our product is approachable but not too serious, even though the quality is consistent with top producers in the world. We are approaching 100 medals in international and regional competitions and are in the top half of wines offered in the state stores and top in units sold for NH producers. What sets us apart is our commitment to use local fruit, which is a lot more costly than elsewhere, and to continue our personal feelings in our tasting room and branding. We are truly a small family business.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I like that we are so close to everything. We are close to the major routes, easy access, but have a very small town feel. There is a lot for our children to do and the schools are great. We haven’t found anything that we don’t like about the town. It has been a great experience overall.

Pricing:

  • Our products range in price from $12-25 in our tasting room with 19 different types of wine.

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1 Comment

  1. Kathy Plante

    December 6, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Wow, Who knew this is so close to us. Love how the children are involved. Great inspiration for them.

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