You may or may not know me, but I’m Ralph Hertelendy, founder and vintner of Hertelendy Vineyards. I wanted to share my insights with those who are not necessarily in the wine industry because it’s a constant roller-coaster ride and it is not what it may always seem to be. There are extreme highs and lows in this industry, and the public only sees the picture of what we want them to see.
I strongly believe in connecting and engaging with people either personably or through wine experiences. That’s why I’ve chosen to go the extra length to create this blog to share my experiences. I may go against the grain and veer against the norm (as I tend not to follow the rules), and that’s why I’ve named this blog: “Vintner’s Veer.”
I thought, why not go the extra step further and share the ride so you may live vicariously as I showcase experiences throughout this journey. Many people I encounter tell me that “I’m living the dream” and assume that everything comes easily. They have no idea what else is involved and the nightmares that exist. Just like with anything in life, you only see the successful tip of the iceberg out of the water, not the failures that got you there. Despite these hardships, I know I’m blessed to be able to pursue my life’s passion. I hope that by sharing my story with you via Vintner’s Veer, it allows us to connect further and unveil the inner workings of the wine industry together.
I hope you enjoy following my life as a winemaker and entrepreneur, and I also hope you will find my insights interesting. Have a great day! Cheers!