Herbert's Wine Jelly was the creation of Carolyn Herbert to fulfill a need for fun uses for wine and a mission. The story begins with Carolyn as a teacher, coordinator and an administrator within the Special Education Departments of several School Divisions in Virginia. Assisting those needing accommodation to fulfill live goals, the creation of a company in her retirement years, seemed like a logical step.
Carolyn saw the need to assist those struggling to cope with mental health and subsequent incarceration. This population need to get their feet back on the ground and reenter their communities with a job and self confidence. She was able to find support of the local police, lawyers, probation officers, and outreach programs in terms of finding future employees while still incarcerated or recently released. These individuals came up with products and shared the ideas and suggested recipes with our chef, who made their products come to life. These products were sold and the profits were set aside for the men upon their release. Each person then had money to obtain some basic necessities upon release and start a job with the company.
Herbert's now employs 5 individuals, including those with and without significant backgrounds, to cover all phases of the business. These employees will have the opportunity to take over the company when the time comes, so it was established as an LLC, and not a non-profit organization.
All sales directly support the employees, as the owner does not accept compensation. Please realize the impact you are having in the lives and these young men and others that will be employed when the opportunity for additional growth arises.
Enhancing Meals Everyday!
Carolyn seeks to find the best of local ingredients for our products. Local and fresh products are a preference, but for full consistency other sources are used.
Our products cover a wide range of specialty products as each began with a creative idea of a different person. We work toward the individual aspiration of each creation not only stand alone items, but how to use them in unique ways to assist the everyday and experienced cooks reach new heights.
Enhance your meals using our cookbook or on your own for the perfect combination for you!
Check out our Menu Mondays on Instagram.
Forty Four pages of great ideas, recipes, pictures and more!
Why not? It is a wonderful idea that allows the wine to be integrated into almost any food and event.
We use wines available in Virginia. We also produce private label wine jellies for Vineyards which provide the unique flavors found in their specific yields.
We like to obey the law! Selling products with alcohol is illegal in many states. As a possible stand-alone item, it cannot be sold unless the alcohol is removed.
Only 10% of alcohol is removed in the cooking process. To remove the alcohol from the wine would mean boiling it for over an hour and ending up with noting tasting like wine. Herbert’s developed a proprietary method that has proved effective in reducing the alcohol to the level below the “non-alcoholic” level of 0.5%. We add the fruits to reduce the % to closer to 0.1%.
Our hiring practices within the production process of specialty foods, as well as art produced by those coping with the struggles of obtaining or retaining a job, are just two ways we directly impact individuals. We spread Mental Health Awareness through speaking engagements that make each of our communities a better place through giving self-confidence and success to those needing it most.
Herbert’s has employees and consignment artists (Beyond the Fence), who are coping with PTSD, Bi-polar and other mental health issues that create a barrier between them and society. We represent many wonderful men and women across the United States, that need to feel better about themselves. We have seen hope where there wasn’t, where others started their own business, and families that are now seeing the success breading more success.
We work directly with Community Leaders, Chambers of Commerce, Parole Officers, Prison Directors, and the State Police to help focus on the greatest needs around mental health. We appreciate the collaborative efforts and see the positive work we can accomplish together.
"I especially enjoy the Blackberry Cabernet Sauvignon wine jelly! Lovely family owned business with a noble mission!"
"Unique and quality products from a company with a wonderful mission! "
"Terrific, versatile and extensive product line! The flavors are innovative and taste wonderful and the packaging can be adapted for private labeling. We love working with local vendors and plan to partner with Herbert's using grapes from our vineyard. Wonderful family business who hires those who deserve a second chance."
"I love what they are about. They do business and help others. This is the future. This is how we take care of one another. And their products are great!"
"Carolyn is wonderful and I am excited to do my part to spread the word about her wonderful products. "
"This is a burgeoning business, and the products are delicious! Can't wait to watch them grow."