Hope Well wine is the alchemy between the natural world, my deep love for this ground, and the unsung heroes whose strong hands, hearts, and minds have helped me make it. Human. Nature. Hope Well.
Mimi is the daughter of Ted Casteel and Pat Dudley, co-founders of Bethel Heights Vineyard. In 2015 Mimi left Bethel Heights and began her Hope Well journey, building an island of biodiversity and resilience on her own 80-acre farm.
The people of Hope Well are as strong and consistent as the land itself. I was so lucky as a child to grow up amongst people I now work beside, who care deeply about their work and know intimately the unique qualities of this place. The gift of steady and constant care over many years is invaluable. Our relationships, our relationships to this place we all love and work together, those are just some of the many benefits of committing to people and people committing to place. These are my people, my family, my friends, and they are the great heart that beats in Hope Well.
Monday’s Child is fair of face, Tuesday’s Child is full of grace…And the child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe and good and gay
Sunday’s Child Pinot Noir is the third child in a set of three wines, born from a single lot of Pinot noir. This was about pulling perfect Pinot Noir ripeness through a prism to see what was on the other side. Sunday’s Child went through a fully traditional Pinot noir maceration, on skins until dryness, and then to barrel to sleep for the next ten months, bringing the whole project to its full realization.