Ken Hardcastle
Hermit Woods Winery


Ken was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts and grew up in Southern California. He received his undergraduate degree at Occidental College, CA, Master’s degree from Queens College, NY, and PhD in structural geology from UMass Amherst, MA. He is currently an independent geologic consultant and since 1993, when he has not been looking at rocks or seeking out groundwater deposits, he has been making beer, wine, cider and mead. In 2010, Ken made it official when he became partner and vintner at Hermit Woods Winery. He can still be found looking at rocks occasionally, but mostly he pursues his passion for the art and science of fermentation.