On March 22nd, Amy LaBelle of Labelle Winery addressed the Rotary Club of Nashua regarding her growing business. Currently the facility in Amherst is a restaurant, wine production/meeting hospitality center based at their vineyard.  Amy is a former practicing attorney who changed her direction in life to become a vintner and build the winery.  She loves to host friends and support the local community. 
Last year, the business was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March thru late May.   Like many of us they had to deal with layoffs of 90 of the 102 staff.  They refocused on saving their business and trying to somehow still take care of the community.  They switched to supplying the community with foods and essentials that could be delivered.  The pivot saved their business. It allowed them to still make 8% of their normal revenue which was enough to keep the business alive. 
 
Amy also worked to communicate with all staff daily during this difficult time to keep all team members in the loop.  By maintaining good communications, she was able to rehire her full team when they were allowed to re-open.
 
By July 2020, they were contacted by a property owner in Derry on a lake.  They had always had an interest in the beautiful property.  They had also considered expanding on property next to their existing Amherst property.  The Derry property owner of Brookstone Park, decided to sell their property and despite the pandemic, made them a deal they could not refuse.  Brookstone Park was primarily a reception, function hall with a golf facility.  It is 45 acres on Big Island Pond.  Some new vineyard space will be developed to grow grapes for champagne.  The central facility has a large central bar/restaurant.  There is also a LaBelle Marketplace on the site.  The new champagne barn will be built for the champagne making process.  The restaurant will be called, “Americus”.  It is an upscale casual restaurant with farm to table food.  Elegant but not fancy. 
 
The LaBelle Market supplies take-out food to-go as well as a café and catering.  The event room on site will seat 280 persons. They look forward to Wine-Nine&Dine events with other uses being developed for all seasons.  The new facility will open April 3 and host Easter Brunch, April 4.  The Americus restaurant should be open by Memorial Day.  The new Champagne production winery will open in July. 
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