by Julie Zanze on June 14, 2012
“Gorgeous”, “stunning”, “fabulous”, “brilliant execution”—these oohs and aahs from our guests when they first enter the Gleason Barn are always the highlight of my day. Since the Wine Club department moved into the Gleason Barn last winter, I’ve enjoyed hearing the repeated gasps and first reactions from visitors.
Our winery tours begin at the Sullenger House, a restored, 1884 Queen Anne-style home, and include a walk through the historic Nickel & Nickel farmstead, including the fermentation barns and underground barrel aging cellar. But the highlight for many of our guests seems to be the Gleason Barn.
Originally built circa 1770 in Meriden, New Hampshire by the Gleason family, the 3,000 square-foot pre-Revolutionary War-era hay barn was spared demolition by its purchase in 2001. After two years spent dismantling the barn, designing blueprints, restoring and saving the wood beams, the barn was shipped in pieces to Nickel & Nickel and reconstructed in 2003 to house our winemaking offices, laboratory, and now, finally, our wine club offices.
Nothing else says rustic elegance like a beautiful barn, and the wide open spaces inherent to the structures are perfect for our offices and entertaining. We host many of our wine club events in the barn, and also other private wine events for corporate groups. Next time you’re in the Gleason Barn, be sure to look up at the loft area and say “hi” to the wine club girls.