How to Grow & Make Fine Wine in Extreme Conditions with Norman Hardie

 photo credit: Jonny C Y Lam

photo credit: Jonny C Y Lam

Norman Hardie is the owner & winemaker of Norman Hardie Winery in Prince Edward County, Ontario, making some of the best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and other Burgundian varietals in North America.

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Norman is an incredibly well traveled winemaker with a highly trained palate. Having started his career as a sommelier with Four Seasons Hotels his intrigue of making the wines he loved so much, particularly Pinot Noir & Chardonnay, grew so much that he decided to go on a journey of working twelve harvests in six years in both hemispheres.

When the search for a vineyard site came to a close in 2003, he found himself in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada where the Norman Hardie Winery resides today. Making what chefs like David McMillin of the famed Joe Beef in Montreal call the, “finest white wines in all of North America,” Norman has an approach to winemaking that is not only classical in style but unusual at the same time.

We’ll get into some of the extreme tactics that Norman and his team have to employ simply to keep their vineyards alive, but one of my favorites he mentions is having helicopters hover over the vineyard to ward off frost. We chat about Norm’s story, planting a vineyard, keeping it alive, winemaking, and many other things in this conversation, which I thoroughly enjoyed and I highly recommend you grab a few bottles of his wine on their website,

In this episode we mention...
Norman Hardie Winery
Richard Betts Interview
Chad Stock Interview
Four Seasons Hotels
Truffles Restaurant
Bouchard Finlyason, South Africa
Central Otago Wine Company
Au Bon Climant
Astor Wines
Champagne Agrapart
Raj Parr Interview