Greg Schultz
 
September 13, 2015 | Greg Schultz

Nearing End of Season

Even though we hit triple digits again last week, it is obvious that fall is approaching. The days are getting shorter, rain is in the forecast, and bins of just-harvested grapes are seen on trailers heading to area wineries. For our 2015 vintage, we are purchasing Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Merlot, and Syrah from Steelhead Run Vineyard. The two whites have already been harvested, delivered to Pallet Wine Company, pressed, settled, and racked into barrels to begin natural fermentation and aging. Due to the long hot summer just ending, harvest is a week or so ahead of last year.

In our estate (Glory Oaks) vineyard, we are preparing our young plants for winter.  Irrigation frequency in the vineyard has been reduced from daily to every other day. We have started to remove the protective grow tubes so that the vines will have time to harden-off before cold weather sets in. Grow tubes have been removed from 2/3 of the 2,000 Malbec vines planted earlier this summer. We expect to finish the Malbec block this week, then turn our efforts to the 2nd year Tempranillo block. We are excited as we anticipate our first Tempranillo harvest this time next year!


 

Our farm stand / tasting room is 80% complete and is looking great!  Interior and exterior finish work continues as most of the carpentry, painting, electrical, and plumbing have been completed.  One day closer...

Exterior nearing completion.

 

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