Talking vineyards and family businesses on Monday’s The Chris Wolf Show

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Guests on the November 16, 2015 “The Chris Wolf Show” will be Elmer and Holly Savage of the Savage Oaks Vineyard in Union, Maine.

The show will be about the vineyard and how they got there.  But it will also be about how a family in Maine can take a farming business and morph it from a less viable form into one that has a great future in a much for sustainable form. The show should be of interest not only to local wine aficionados, but also those interested in making small family farms and small businesses work in Maine.

The show will be broadcast on WRFR Community Radio, Channel 7 Maine Coast TV, and streamed live on, 8:00-9:00 a.m. EST. NOTE: THIS SHOW IS AT OUR NEW TIME OF 8:00!

Elmer and Holly Savage, along with their two sons, operate Barrett Hill Farm in Union, Maine. Elmer began farming here in 1985 when the farm was purchased by his parents. Since then, the farm has been home to a flock of sheep as well as Belted Galloway cattle. Today the sheep are gone, but the cattle remain.

In 2000, they purchased the 95 acre farm from Elmer’s parents and began planning for its future. The desire to preserve the farming tradition here needed to coexist with the financial realities of agriculture. The farm’s blueberry fields offered great potential, but the lack of profitability for blueberry growers gave them incentive to look for possible value added products for their crop.

They began to explore some of the great blueberry wines being produced. This soon led to the possibility of growing grapes as well. They were impressed by the opportunity to expand into this niche market. They explored vineyards and wineries near and far, and found people willing to help around every corner.

In 2002, they planted the first two acres of their vineyard. Since that time, they have expanded to nearly four acres with ten varieties of grapes. They have spent the past thirteen years growing our vineyard from the ground up and advancing our wine making from hobby level to small scale commercial production. 2015 marks their tenth vintage.

If you have any questions or comments on the day of broadcast, call between 8 and 9 a.m., 207-594-0721, or email Chris Wolf before or during the show at We hope to see you listening, watching and commenting!

Savage Bottles

VIDEO: To watch the show live, go to or watch later on Channel 7. Maine Coast TV is located on Time Warner Channel 7 on converter boxes and set top boxes and on Channel 121-7 on digital TVs without set top boxes. The broadcast is available to all Time Warner subscribers in Knox County, Maine, including the islands of North Haven and Vinalhaven. And the recorded show will be available afterwards on web site.

AUDIO: To listen to the show, WRFR 99.3 FM Camden or 93.3 FM Rockland, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday shows with news from Or, stream the audio live or at or on the TuneIn app or your iPhone or Android.

The Chris Wolf Show is a joint project of PenBay Pilot, WRFR FM Community Radio and Maine Coast TV Community Television.

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