the signing of the declaration of independence took place during a time of extraordinary societal and scientific advancement. Through revolutions, innovation, and legal slavery, the concept of “independence” takes on different meanings. to best view the full scope, we use wine as our lens into a broader, yet more detailed view of the world of the founding fathers.




Cider has been made for at least 2,000 years. One of the first fruits planted in the British colonies, Jefferson dedicated much land at Monticello using his body slave Jupiter Evans to manage production.

FRUIT: Apple


STYLE & STRUCTURE: Oak pressed, wild fermented and bottle conditioned allowing for some natural funky flavor


A wine that originates in France, but was quite popular in England due to an ancient royal marriage. This “house red” blends regional grapes like it does people. Claret was also produced in France and consumed in England while both countries led the age of Enlightenment.

GRAPE: Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot

LOCATION: Bordeaux, France

STYLE & STRUCTURE: Once light and fruity, now dark and deep


This fortified wine cooked in the hull of ships over long months while crossing the ocean from an island off the coast of Africa, to the colonies. To celebrate their newly signed manifesto of freedom, Hancock, Jefferson, and the other signatories toasted with madeira, their personal favorite wine.

GRAPE: Tinta Negra Mole, Sercial, Malvasia

LOCATION: Madeira, Portugal

STYLE & STRUCTURE: A slightly sweet fortified desert wine heat aged through the Estufa system