La Garagista's Home Farm is in Barnard, VT, on the side of Mount Hunger where they grow alpine wine and ciders. Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber met at Middlebury College and uniting in their love of dance, writing, food, and drink, traveled the world together, searching for this calling. In 1997, they returned to Vermont to open their restaurant, Pane e Salute in Woodstock, where Caleb ran the kitchen and Deirdre, the wine list. After a few years of enveloping herself in the wine industry, she decided to plant some vines. The winery opened its doors in 2010 with the first vintage, and after nearly a decade of great success, they closed the restaurant in order to focus on the wine.
"Our land has been part of small homestead farming for over two hundred years. On the farm and in our vineyards, we attend to the care and observation of our native terroir, a whole-farm and diverse agriculture where we are not only growing wine, but also vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs." -Dierdre Heekin