It's harvest time for the vineyards we have the opportunity to work with! This means some late nights in the winery production room---of which we are so grateful to have! The concrete, drains, crusher/de-stemmer, and press all make life easier... Last weekend we were working on La Crescent, Frontenac Gris, and Brianna---all currently in their tanks and fermentation has begun! Yesterday (9.4.11) Will headed out bright and early to Michelle, IA to the Beyer's vineyard once again where he worked with a wonderful crew of pickers to harvest 3 bins (800 lbs each) of Marquette. We also had a bin full of beautiful Marquette delivered from Milford, IA---with more to come within the next week... We hope to get our first half-crop in our own vineyard next year... La Crescent, Frontenac Gris, and Brianna should be ready to bottle in 3-4 months --- and our reds ready possibly in 6 months or longer. We are very excited for our 2011 wines!!
Watch as we de-stem and crush our 2011 Marquette grapes. Typically we use our forklift throughout the crush to transfer the fresh grapes into the hopper and through the crusher/destemmer, but as went, the fork lift ran out of gas and the backup had a faulty valve
2011 La Crescent -- Frontenac Gris -- and Brianna harvest and crush