Pads for Production
Will did a "slump test" on each concrete load to check the consistency of each load and how hard the concrete was before it cured.
Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery, Inc. So we put it in concrete...
The First Official Fermentations
We were also hoping to purchase around 2000 lbs of Frontenac, but our load was getting a bit heavy and we had a four hour drive back home ahead of us... Common descriptors of Frontenac are: cherry and black currant, I have tasted a few that resemble what a Merlot might taste like. We will be receiving Frontenac from a vineyard in Maxwell, IA within the next couple weeks to make up for what we weren't able to pick up. We have a few different ideas on how to process the Frontenac... Possibly blend with Marquette to increase complexity, or make a varietal wine (75% Frontenac), or possibly a "Port" style wine.
This is just the beginning of our grapes/juice. We were hoping to process a total of 16 tons of grapes this year. Due to the low yields Iowa grape growers have been experiencing, we are still on the search. We will be getting juice (grapes that have already had the juice pressed out of them), in October. Concord, Catawaba, Brianna, and possibly Traminette, are among the cultivars we will be receiving.