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OUR PRODUCERS: Claverach Farm

Sam started growing grapes and making wine on his family farm in Eureka, Missouri twenty years ago. The 1000-acre farm has been in his family for over 100 years. He has often toyed with the idea moving somewhere with a climate more hospitable to grapes, but he is addicted to the idea of making wine from this land, the land of his grandfather and great-grandfather.

Claverach Farm is a rugged piece of ground in the first hills of the Ozark Mountains as you travel southwest from St. Louis, Missouri. We are nestled right up against the Meramec River, a tributary of the Mississippi River. Our soils are unusual for the region in that they are very high in limestone. In addition to fruits and vegetables, we grow Bianca, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Malbec, Marsanne, Petit Manseng, and Viognier.

We do not fall into a particular camp when it comes to agricultural philosophy. If anything, we consider ourselves ‘biological farmers.’ The focus at Claverach has always been on the soil. We spend a lot of time and energy remineralizing our soils because balancing the soils allows the crops to defend themselves against weeds, disease, and pests. We try to feed the soil and feed the soil microbiology so that the plants can access their full genetic potential. This also allows us to grow crops with higher nutrient density, which is good from a health perspective and also translates to better flavor.

Sam believes in minimal intervention in the cellar. The goal is to bring in perfectly ripe, clean fruit so that the wines can essentially make themselves. Wines are fermented using native yeasts. They are all unfined and unfiltered, with minimal sulfite additions. Sam strives to capture the freshness of the wine. He gravitates towards lighter, elegant styles that are meant to be enjoyed young.

AT A GLANCE

WHO:
Rachel Shulman & Sam Hilmer

WHERE:
Eureka, Missouri

WHAT:
Bianca, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Marsanne, Petit Manseng, Viognier

HOW:
Practicing Organic

QUANTITY:
2,400 Bottles

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