When Jacquelyn Groeper returned from a trip to Spain in 2016, she was determined to craft a Rioja-style blend of her own.
That same year, Groeper, together with co-owner Karyn Schilke, launched Artis Winery in a corporate park in Pembroke. The 2,400-square-foot facility turns into a hive of activity when used by Boston University students enrolled in an on-site winemaking class that Groeper co-teaches with Master of Wine Bill Nesto. The space is otherwise quieter, but no less well-used, as Groeper and Schilke work to produce a line of wines.
A 2016 Artis Winery Red Blend is made from tempranillo and garnacha sourced from Lodi, Calif. For the fermentation, Groeper chose a special yeast isolated from wineries in Spain. She thought it would work well after assessing the sugar levels and flavors of the grapes. It’s truly small-batch: just under 500 bottles were made.
The lithe and lively blend is full of cherry, violets, and red plum. New oak flavors, prominent when the bottle is first opened, integrate with the fruit, spice, and bright acidity given a little time. Currently available for $24 at the Massachusetts Wine Shop in the Boston Public Market, it will also be sold at the winery’s tasting room, scheduled to open June 30.
“It was interesting to watch how the wine developed, and started to come into itself,” enthuses Groeper. For local wine enthusiasts, it’s delightful to witness the growth of this artisanal operation on the South Shore.
Visit www.artiswinery.com for details.Ellen Bhang can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org