Sunset Meadow Vineyards was born after George and Judy Motel decided to take a risk and try something new on their beef cattle operation.
George Motel and his wife Judy purchased their farm in the early 1990s. Initially, they grew hay and raised beef cattle.
However, a few years into their new farm business, following a bit of research and some insight from folks in the wine industry, they realized their land in Goshen, Connecticut, was prime property to grow wine grapes. So, they planted their first crop in 2000.
A family-run operation
Today, Sunset Meadow Vineyards is a family-run operation. George manages the chemistry of the wine-making and handles the administrative functions of the company. Judy handles much of the back-office operations, including managing the website and social media.
Son George IV manages vineyard and production operations, and son-in-law Chris oversees the tasting room and retail operations.
"As is the case with any small business, we all wear a lot of different hats,” George said.
The family grows 14 different grape varieties on 33 planted acres. From these grapes they produce 21 different wines, with the majority being varietal estate wines produced entirely from homegrown grapes.
The Motel family are proud customers of Farm Credit East.