Winter is the slow time of year for the vineyards, as they are in dormancy and doing work in our mountain hillside vineyards is problematic due to weather and wet ground. Winemaking gets finished up from the falls harvest, all wines are finished fermenting and are in French oak barrels in their slow aging process now. Prior years wines are tasted and blended together for all our white and red wines now. This gives a few added months of aging for wines to reach maturity before bottling. Pruning begins in January.
Spring is almost to beautiful to work, but there is so much to do, and things happen so fast that you never quite get everything done on time. Keeping up with tractor work is a big chore, mowing, spraying, seeding and tilling all have to be done on mother nature's time frame, not yours! In some years, that requires tractors running close to 24 hours a day. Monitoring soil moisture, pests, fertilizer requirements, weed growth, and many other factors is a hectic job.
Very few spare moments on a farm in the fall. As harvest nears, fishing, golf, travel, friends, and most everything else has to be put on a back burner as your whole year comes down to a few hectic weeks of determining when to harvest, usually at the last moment due to mother nature's foibles, then arranging labor, trucking, deliveries to wineries, crushing and fermenting for our own winery, and attempting to maintain your own sanity, as well as the love of your family
Award Winning Wines
Ongoing projects take up much of your time in the summer, trellis repairs, road projects, water projects, monitoring vineyard health and nutrition, fertilizer and water requirements, there is much work to be done. In the winery, bottling takes place now. We bottle about 36,000 bottles every year. Vineyard monitoring includes the most important thing a farmer does, leaving their footprints in the fields, every day all of our 42 vineyard acres are monitored close up.