Lance sources vibrant organic fruit from nearby farms for cider, perry, gin, brandy and eau de vie

ELA FAMILY FARMS | HOTCHKISS, COLORADO & FORTUNATE FRUIT | DELTA, COLORADO

Lance grows the grapes for his wines in his biodynamic vineyard. For his ciders, perrys, brandies, eau de vie and gin, Lance sources organic fruit directly from nearby orchards.

Ela Family Farms is a fourth-generation orchard where Steve Ela carries on the tradition of his family, growing peaches, apples and pears as well as cherries, plums and tomatoes. Ela apples are fermented on the skins and then distilled to form an apple eau de vie, which the base of Jack Rabbit Hill’s gin.

Fortunate Orchard is a 78-acre organic farm situated along a river in an otherwise dry and desolate expanse. The farm glows green against the red, rocky soil of a western Colorado canyon and here, the Culbertson family focuses on soil health to build flavor in its fruit. Microbes and other beneficial organisms are used to strengthen the health of the soil which, in turn, creates vibrantly healthy fruit.

Catherine Neville