Harvest 2016 - mid July

 

As of July 16 things are looking good at the vineyard. We escaped a May frost with very little damage.

The grape berries are about to touch one another and the crop of most all of our varieties looks larger than last year. With ample sun and heat we could be looking for harvest beginning about September 10 for Foch. Other varieties will follow soon after that. However, be aware that harvest dates can change due to the weather.

We will update the picking dates and prices in early August and will make changes as necessary.

 

If all goes well picking should be good and easy. We have been very busy combing vine shoots, pulling leaves around clusters, hedging the tops of our VSP rows, weeding, butressing the trellis, and checking for the various varmits that love grapes. So far, so good.

Keep in touch if you have any questions.

 

We will send out a mailer in mid-later August with harvest info.

 

Grape Picking Schedule (dates may change due to seasonal variations)

Grape

Wine

Start Date   

Sugar/

Brix/Date 

 TA   

pH   Date

  Crop size

Concord 

Purple, eating, juice, 

September 

 

 

  

 

Foch

red wine

September  

  

 

 

 

Frontenac

red wine, port

September 

  

 

  

 

Marquette 

red wine

September 

 

 

  

 

St Croix 

red wine

September 

  

 

   

 

LaCrescent

white wine, aromatic

September 

 

 

 

 

Prairie Star    

white wine, full-bodied 

September 

  

 

  

 

St Pepin

white wine 

September 

 

 

  

 

Delaware (pink)

wine, champagne, eat

September 

  

 

    

 

Muscat (aromela) 

white Muscat wine, floral

September 

 

  

 

  

 

Somerset seedless red and ripe, seedless August 25, alas, very early ripening.        
Petite Pearl New this year late September       very, very limited

 

Please scroll down for more information

GRAPE PRICES 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Variety

 

0-30 lb

31-100 lb

100+ lb

300+ lb

1000 lb

             

Concord

Purple, wine, eat

  1.30

 1.00

   .86

   .78

  .74

Foch

Red, wine

    .98

   .88

   .82

   .79

  .75

Marquette

Red, wine

    .98

   .92

   .86

   .82

  .78

St Croix

Red, wine

    .98

   .88

   .82

   .79

  .76

Frontenac

Red, wine

    .98

   .88

   .84

   .79

  n/a

Petite Pearl Red, wine   1.00    .95    n/a    n/a   n/a

Delaware

Pink, wine, eat

  1.30

   .92

   .85

   .79

  .73

LaCrescent

White, wine

    .98

   .88

   .84

   .79

  .75

Prairie Star

White, wine

  1.25

   .88

   .84

   .80

  n/a

St Pepin

White, wine

  .98

   .92

   .86

   n/a

  n/a

Aromella

White, dessert

  1.30

 1.20

   n/a

   n/a

  n/a

Somerset

Red, seedless

  1.50

 1.25

   1.00

   .90

  n/a

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2016 GRAPE AND VINEYARD INFORMATION  

 

REDS

Foch  can be made into a variety of styles. Make a light red wine, easy to quaff or ferment on the skins longer for more tannins and aging potential. Foch has cherry notes and is one of the most widely grown varieties in the midwest.  We have taken out almost all the Millot grapes and will have none available this season. We have replaced them with Petite Pearl grapes, which will bear their initial crop in 2016.

Marquette  is one of our more popular red grapes. It has more tannins than other reds and has a high sugar and alcohol content.  It is in high demand. We should have a nice sized, medium crop this season. 

Frontenac  is very popular for making port wines and makes a good dry red wine if the higher acidity level is dealt before or during fermentation. We have winemaking directions at the vineyard.

St Croix This makes a very soft, early maturing, easy to drink red wine with low acidity. If you prefer mellowness in your wine this is a good choice. It is ready to drink sooner than most other reds.  We have a very nice and larger crop this year.  St Croix makes a medium to full-bodied, dry, deep red wine with soft tannins and good fruit aromas, along with currant and other dried fruit flavor qualities. It is often picked at 17 - 19- % sugar for best flavor. Don't wait too long to pick this variety. It will likely be gone after September 13. Alcohol is typically around 11%

Petite Pearl is a new variety first planted in 2014.  We will have a very, very small crop in 2016. Sorry beforehand. This will be sought after and most likely will be picked out almost immediately. Might be best for just getting a taste of it for the following year. It's a matter of grapevine development. In the 3rd year a vine may be allowed to have a small crop or just be allowed to grow for size and root development. 

 

WHITES

LaCrescent is becoming the most popular white wine in the upper Midwest, this grape provides honey, grapefruit, and tangerine aromas and flavors. One of Mary's favorites. We have a good sized crop this season.

Prairie Star This grape is a very good eating grape besides making a fuller bodied white with very mild and sensuous notes. It brightens with subtle flowing flavors. Blends well with LaCrescent. This variety will be in limited supply this season. It does not set fruit well in some years, and it did not prefer this spring. What we do have looks very nice and will be gone quickly.

St Pepin  This makes either a dry wine (one of my favorites) or a slightly sweet wine. It is having a nice crop for this light bearing grape. Makes a very fruity white wine. The grape has low acidity and moderate sugar content. Because it is thick skinned it is popularly used to make an "ice" wine.

AROMELLA  Wines produced from Arandell are described as densely colored, have light to moderate tannins and exhibit notes of dark berry fruit (blueberry, dark cherry), tobacco and hints of black pepper or cedar on the finish. We have a small crop this season. It ripens near end of September and is in high demand.

 

OTHER

CONCORD  What can you say? Big, purple, bursting with flavor, good for eating, juice, and wine. We have an abundant crop with large clusters this year. Everyone who has tasted this grape when young knows it will always be around. It is the ultimate in a very flavorful, very fruity, great tasting grape, How can you resist it? It  is probably also the most widely tasted grape or juice in most of the US east of the Rockies. This could be a good year to get large amounts of this grape. 

Did I mention sweet wine or fresh juice - again the Concord rules.  We expect to harvest it mid September to early October.

DELAWARE  this is a pink, light red beauty, that is tasteee. Don't wait too long on it this year. We have just a small crop, which should help it ripen fully. Among our fellow employees this probably takes top spot as favorite eating grape, seedless or wine variety. It is not well known outside the Eastern US, but once you taste it you won't forget it. It is popular as a pink and spicy, sparkling wine. The Delaware grape is also a table grape variety sold in supermarkets throughout Japan, where labrusca grape varieties are popular for their fragrance.  We will have a much smaller crop than average. It will go quickly.

 

WHITES Please remember that pressing white grapes can take a while. Please help us by having your whites ready for pressing at least 1.5 hours before closing time. Reds are usually fermented on skins before pressing. This makes a fuller bodied and flavored wine than just fermenting on the juice, as is done with white wine.

 

SEEDLESS GRAPES

SOMERSET  Delicious! Eat well! Eat again! We have begun eating this variety as we work in the vineyard. It is good even while still golden and as it turns pink it becomes hard to stay away from. It is very early ripening and will be ready to eat as early as mid-August. 

In 2015 these were beautiful and tasty. If you want to have some fun with your children come out early for this grape.

 

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