With this Fall only bringing us one rainstorm so far, we are STILL out in the vineyards. But sadly and most unfortunately, it is really not for the best reasons.
We have to say goodbye to some older and lower producing vineyards, which can at times be sad. Market conditions and grape supply in the grape industry have pushed prices for wine grapes to lowest prices I have ever had to work with. A switch to higher producing and more efficient systems (and/or more desirable varieties) is what needs to happen if we are going to keep going and survive in this competitive business. The costs associated with removal and redevelopment can be high, and a slow return on the new vineyard always makes this a very tough decision.
This may sound a bit grim, but there is the good news! We should have some very nice, new varieties and wines available! As we get these new vines in the ground next year I will start to share those with you. At Grand Island Vineyards we pride ourselves on our estate grown grapes and wines made in house and are happy for you to see and experience the process and taste the high quality wines that come from all the hard work.
These pictures show nothing too pretty right now. There is sort of an exciting new beginning happening and we will follow that until we get to taste it out of a proper bottle. This should happen at some point down the road, we will definitely let you know.