Once prolific in the Allegheny and Susquehanna river valleys of New York State, the Hellbender, a salamander some thirty inches in length, possesses startling looks but is of a good nature. This ”Hellbender” port style wine is meticulously vinted with exceptional Finger Lakes Vinifera grapes. And, while it is robust, thick and full bodied, it displays exquisitely rich and elegant fruit, great depth and delicate complexity.
Eastern hellbenders are the largest salamander species found in the United States. They are an aquatic species that inhabit large streams and rivers. Their distribution in Pennsylvania is in the Ohio, Allegheny, and Susquehanna watersheds, with most animals being found in tributaries to these large systems. Hellbenders have small eyes, flattened bodies, and beautifully keeled tails. They elicit responses of either love or hate; they are truly unique-looking and perfectly adapted for how they make their livings — hunting crayfish under large rocks in the dark.