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Hermit Woods Winery & Deli nominated by USA Today- Top Ten Tasting Room in America

Press Release: July 28, 2021 (time sensitive)

Hermit Woods Winery & Deli nominated by USA Today- Top Ten Tasting Room in America

Hermit Woods Winery & Deli has been nominated by USA Today as one of twenty national wineries competing for their reader’s choice award for the top ten tasting rooms in America. They have made it to 5th place. They have five days left to compete for the number one spot.  

Bob Manley, Co-Founder of Hermit Woods, points out, “We are the underdog here. The fact that we have even made number five is truly an honor. A great deal of thanks goes out to our wonderful and dedicated customers for supporting us to this milestone. Most of the wineries competing for this top spot are multi-million dollar wineries with hundreds of thousands of customers.”

The real question for Bob Manley, Ken Hardcastle, and Chuck Lawrence, the three Hermits, is, can they make the top spot? They have only five days to do so. So, to attract attention to their goal and inspire participation in the voting campaign, the three of them embarked on a ride around Squam Lake on their new triple bicycle. Yes, you read that right, a bike made for three.

Bob explains that the purchase of this bike is part of a much larger plan that the three partners are hatching for the future. The three Hermits hope to ride their triple across the USA to support a national charity to be announced and small craft beverage makers across the country. Bob states, “We are still months or possibly years away from this goal, but it will happen. Stay tuned. In the meantime, what better way to get our triple bike legs under us than to raise awareness of our winery during this important campaign.”

You can see videos of the Hermits on their triple ride around Squam on their Facebook and YouTube channels. More importantly, you can support their effort to make the top ten tasting room in America list by voting here: You can also find the link on their Facebook page, website, and Instagram profile. Everyone can vote one time per day per device. 

About Hermit Woods: Founded in 2011, Hermit Woods is a small boutique winery and Deli crafting fruit wine, meads, and ciders, and producing farm-to-table cuisine. Our wines and ciders are local (as much as possible), vegan (except the honey wines), gluten-free, raw, and made from non-certified but mostly organic fruit. We always use the whole fruit and gentle hand processing. We style our wines, meads, and ciders after classic dry European wines and ciders. Hermit Woods sees over 15,000 visitors in its tasting room and Deli every year. These wines are available throughout New Hampshire and direct to consumers in 38 states. 

Hermit Woods Winery and Deli is located at 72 Main Street in Meredith, NH, and is open seven days a week year-round. They are offering wine flights (a self-guided tasting experience) during the pandemic. Their traditional tours and tastings will resume by appointment just as soon as they can make them available safely. Visit them at to learn more. 



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