NAME:   Don and Joan Hopler

ADDRESS:  920 Cranes Gap Road, Carlisle, PA.  17013       

PHONE: (717) 245-0019

SWIG Offices Served:

Committees Served: Wine Competition (Don)

Doan and Joan’s first wines


1. How did you get started in Wine-making?

We bought a kit from Cabela’s on sale. We saw an ad in the Guide that Mel Heffley was selling grapes.

2. How long have you been making wine?

          Since 2009.

3. First Wine you made?

          Totem Pole Merlot 2009 *see photo above

         Mr. Don’s White Wine Dragon Wiz

(Mel Heffley JS) 2009 *see photo above

Miss Joan’s Mountain Dog Kickass Concord 2009 * see photo above

4. What type of wine do you make?

Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Riesling, Chambourcin, Regent, and Zweigelt. We experimented with Mango and it was good.  Our cranberry will be better as it ages. We will be having Frontenac Gris and Frontenac Red as our signature wines.

5. What are your Favorite wines to drink?

All of them! I especially like Chambourcin and Frontenac.

6. What is your wine preference?

          Dry Red

7. Do you grow grapes?


8. What kind do you grow?

Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Riesling, Chambourcin, Regent, Zweigelt, Frontenac Gris, Frontenac Red, Concord, Buffalo, and Landot Noir.

9. How long have you been with SWiG?

          Since 2010.

10. How did you come to find the Susquehanna Wine Guild?

We visited Mel Heffley’s vineyard the weekend after the SWiG picnic.               

11. Hobbies/Favorite things you like to do?

          Joan – baking, cooking, jigsaw puzzles, turning pens.

          Don – woodworking and smoking meats.