Well, harvest is over but there are always grapes left to glean! Because of the way our vine rows are set up, the last vine on the row does not get harvested by the Pellenc grape harvester. Now, some might say that we did that on purpose to make sure we have grapes for making wine! We really didn't but, it has served us well. You can see from the photo above buckets that are full of Aglianico and … [Read more...] about Making Wine – Crushing Grapes
Last week was a flurry of activity around here - grape harvest 2016 had finally arrived! If you remember, we had lost our whole Roussanne grapes to bunch rot. After that, I felt like I was holding my breath until the Aglianico and Montepulciano were out of the vineyard. Each grape harvest 2016 morning began at the crack of dawn. The sky was gorgeous as we stood at the barn and watched the sunrise … [Read more...] about Grape Harvest 2016
This is a difficult post to write. After all, I would never have dreamed that I would be telling you about a battle between our Roussane grapes and bunch rot. But, this is real life and I want to be real with you, sharing the ups and downs. Before I give the sordid details, let me just say that God is God in the good times and the bad. And, he has definitely blessed us as a family - even though … [Read more...] about Roussane Grapes and Bunch Rot
The grapes are beginning to ripen or to put it in grape-growing lingo - veraison is occurring! Yes, as you might imagine, it is a very exciting time of year for us. And, a race as we work in the vineyard to find the ripest grapes to enjoy. Along with veraison comes cluster counts which means we go through the vineyard counting how many clusters of grapes are on a vine. Veraison According to … [Read more...] about Veraison and Cluster Counts = Ripening Grapes!
It is hard to believe that June is here! Thankfully, we have been spared from hail which frequently accompanies our thunderstorms and the vineyard is looking wonderful! In fact, it is time for wire raising. But, before I get into what wire raising is, let me show you a picture of the grapes that are growing - it looks like we will have a bountiful crop! The canopy of the grapes includes the … [Read more...] about Wire Raising in the Vineyard
As you can see in the photo above, the vineyard is coming alive with beautiful green buds. I love this time of year and standing on top of the filter house gives a great overview of the vineyard. All the debris from pruning has been gathered and shredded. The rows are clean, the rye mowed and soon any remaining weeds will be removed. We have chosen late bud breaking varieties meaning that they … [Read more...] about Spring Vineyard – It’s Coming Alive!