Attorney and writer Harrison Lebowitz founded Snow Farm, Vermontís first commercial vineyard and grape winery, in 1996. Situated on an island in the middle of Lake Champlain and therefore able to enjoy the micro-climate created by the U.S.í sixth largest lake, Snow Farmís growing season is identical to Burgundy, France. This permits Snow Farm to grow cooler climate vinifera grapes, such as Pinot Noir and Riesling, as well as the more cold hardy French Hybrids, such as Vidal Blanc and Vignoles. Snow Farm seeks to go international with two of its multiple award-winning dessert wines. Thanks to Vermontís cold winter temperatures, Snow Farm produces a Vidal Blanc ice wine, a product that cannot be produced many other places in the world. Also, because of Vignoleís susceptibility to botrytis, Snow Farm produces a late harvest, Sauterne-style wine. Patrick Barrelet, who holds a degree in Enology from the University of Dijon, is the artist behind the wines.