Chuck Nunan began making wine in his basement in 1995 with rave reviews.IMG_1555 In 2010, during a trip to Charleston, South Carolina for his son's wedding, Chuck visited a winery there and was inspired to take his love of wine and winemaking and turn it into something bigger. He and his wife, Chris, had purchased land in 2005 for a family farm in Marydel, Delaware, which he decided to turn into Harvest Ridge Winery.
The name "Harvest Ridge" was the original name of the farm and was retained for the winery. The first vines were planted in 2011 - Chardonnay, Viognier, Malbec, and Merlot. The winery opened to the public (as Delaware's fourth winery) on November 1, 2013.
Harvest Ridge Winery's property spans the border of two states - Delaware and Maryland. It is on the historic Mason-Dixon Line.IMG_1558 In fact, one of the most unique features of the property is the existence of one of the Mason-Dixon's original witness stone and crown markers - number 47 - located on the property.
As a family farm winery, family comes first. The Nunan family is headed by Chuck and Chris. Their first (very successful) joint venture began in 1974 when they got married. Their three sons, Chip, Christopher, and Craig are all nearby and work in the family businesses. All three boys are married and there are currently eight grandchildren.
The theme of "family" is evident even in the Harvest Ridge logo. The roots of the Harvest Ridge tree are prominent, in part to reflect the deep roots and lineage of the Nunan family.
The Harvest Ridge Label went through many, many drafts, and the Nunans solicited opinions and input from many people. They wanted it to encompass the family, its members, as well as some things that make the winery the unique place it is. A tree was chosen for the logo because of the huge, distinctive tree that sits in front of the farm house on the property. The roots of the tree are pronounced to symbolize the interconnectedness and lineage of the family.
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