About Our Name

Winderlea® — pronounced Win-dur-lee — is a made up word with a little bit of history. Winderlea® is the name of a Vermont property we purchased in 2001. The property was named by the prior owners – the Gerard Family – who owned, loved and nurtured the land and the house for over 60 years. As former owner Jim Gerard explained, the word Winderlea was crafted by his parents combining the word, “Wind,” with the word “Lea,” meaning meadow or pasture.  Combined, the words create Winderlea, a word evoking the meaning “Wind in the Meadow.”  Winderlea was an idyllic place for the Gerard family and has come to have the same meaning for Bill and me. As we searched for a name for our winery – we kept coming back to the word Winderlea®. We believe it sounds like a word that describes the feminine, sensuous and elegant wines we are making. We also love Winderlea® the place — and feel happy that by naming our winery Winderlea® — we are always keeping this special place close to us.