From Winemaker Maggie...
Harvest is my favorite time of year - when we reap the benefits of our spring and summer labor, and bring the ripe fruit into the winery to become wine.
Harvest brings many decisions: What are we going to improve or expand on from previous years? What new techniques, oak, yeast, etc., are we going to try? All of these impact the flavor profile of the finished
This fall we have a new fruit to work with - Sauvignon Blanc! This is one of my favorite summer wines so I'm excited to be producing our own first vintage.
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were the first to ripen. We picked the grapes on the last days of August. The juice has been fermenting slowly, under temperature-controlled conditions for about two weeks, and is exhibiting some beautiful grapefruit flavors and bright acidity.
I expect our first Sauvignon Blanc to be in the tasting
room early next summer!
Stop by the tasting room and watch as we bring in the season's harvest - expected to continue now through November. You may get the chance to sample ripening grapes, some juice, or a partially fermented wine.
The Wine Cave team doesn't just pour wine; we enrich you with knowledge about the entire wine-making process!
...and Grape Grower Mark
Maggie and I play integral parts at the winery. Simply put, I grow 15 varieties of
Old World grapes on our 30 acres of vineyards. Maggie turns them into award-winning wine.
2017 harvest already is underway. Thanks to a warm spring, the grapes are about two weeks ahead of last year in the harvest schedule.
The first grapes to ripen this year also were part of our first Sauvignon Blanc harvest. Those grapes were picked Aug. 28 and the wine is ferme
nting in the Wine Cave. It will be bottled next spring.
We expect to hand-pick a total of about 125 tons of grapes through November, as each grape variety ripens at different times throughout the harvest season.
Harvest is no easy feat. We rely on a loyal crew of our workers and volunteers who help us bring in the grapes every year.
NOTE: If your personal bucket list includes harvesting grapes, now is the time to do it!
We provide several opportunities for volunteers to pick the grape harvest.
Hand-picking grapes is fun, but it
work. Afterward, we celebrate, on a September or October Saturday evening, with an after-picking picnic where we enjoy good food and the satisfaction of bringing in the harvest. (The after-picking picnic date is TBD.) We are limited to accepting just 20 volunteers, so sign up early by texting (540) 270-3399.
- Mark, the Wine Dude