Changes at Evesham Wood
A Letter from Russ:
To our beloved friends & clientele:
After 24 years of a mixture of euphoria and despair (only a little bit of the latter) - Mary & I faced the golden opportunity to retire early, when we had the great fortune of meeting and working with Erin Nuccio and his wife, Jordan (Haden Fig Wines). The end result is that we were blessed with the perfect candidates to continue the Evesham Wood legacy. So as of August 2010, Erin & Jordan will be the new owners of Evesham Wood Winery & Le Puits Sec Vineyard. Apart from our presence here, virtually nothing will change at Evesham Wood, both in vineyard & cellar. Erin & my wine making & vine-tending philosophies are pretty much identical (esp. as regards organics & irrigation). Mary, our son Aidan, and I will remain in West Salem, and I will be consulting for the new owners over the next 2 years. We also hope to spend 1-2 months per year at a "maison de village" we purchased near Narbonne, France (proof that one doesn't have to be fabulously wealthy to own property overseas - just willing to speak the language and endure occasional adversity!). We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of our wonderful friends and clientele who helped us realize our dream. Nothing would make us happier than for Erin & Jordan to sustain that support that you so generously gave us. For the perspective of Erin & Jordan, please read the attached letter below.
Russ, Mary & Aidan Raney
Evesham Wood Vineyard & Winery
A Letter from Erin:
As many of you know, Haden Fig has been produced at Evesham Wood since its inception. But many of you probably don't know how that came to be. Through a very bizarre and serendipitous series of events I found myself driving up the long gravel road to Evesham Wood about three years ago. What was meant to be a quick winery and vineyard tour turned into the beginning of a meaningful friendship and an indispensable mentorship. Russ and Mary Raney built Evesham Wood from the ground up and spent nearly 25 years honing their craft. I have learned a lot from them and they have welcomed Jordan, Haden, and me into their family over the last three years while we worked side by side creating something we believe in.
Russ and Mary have decided to move on to the next chapter of their lives and have asked Jordan and me to carry on what they have worked so hard to create. While it wasn't what I envisioned three years ago, or even more recently, it is an incredible honor and opportunity to carry this legacy forward and I take the responsibility extremely seriously. Russ and Mary will stay close by, living just down the street, and their influence and input will be invaluable as we make this transition of ownership.
Now what does this mean for Haden Fig? Haden Fig will continue down the path started three years ago with even more opportunity for experimentation and allowing me to really push the envelope in working towards creating wine that truly embraces the philosophies of sustainable viticulture and natural winemaking. Jordan and I are thankful to Russ and Mary for making this possible and we are thankful to you for helping us grow. This is exciting news for Haden Fig and good things are to come!
We'll be in touch!
Erin and Jordan Nuccio