Tom is going to get some of these great Foch to make

             

What's happening in the vineyard now -  September 20

 

CONCORDS ARE READY NOW! ALONG WITH OUR OTHER GREAT

grapes. St Pepin is a white grape that makes a dry white wine, or you can sweeten it slightly as you prefer. Muscat (Aromella) is another white grape with ripened gold colors nowDelaware is a favorite redish pink grape that makes a popular wine and is good eating right off the vine. Frontenac is a very popular grape that make a delicious port style wine...high in alcohol with an acid level that complements the grapes sweetness. St Croix and Marquette are two other  red grapes that make delicious red wines. The Marquette continus to wine prizes and is rapidly gaining a popular following among MidWest wineries. Petite Pearl is a late harvest grape we are just beginning to harvest. It won't last long so this weekend may be it's last. 

 

IMPORTANT: Thanks tothe recent wamr, dry weather the grapes have reached maturity and are ready to pick now. Don't delay long.  

 

Our 2018 Hours will be Tuesdays 1-5:30, Saturday 10-4, and Sunday 12-4. Please allow time for crushing and pressing your grapes, by having them ready for crushing and pressing 1 hour before closing time. thank you.

 

 

 

Items to sell:   We have alot of extra supplies at the vineyard. Of course we have a full complement of winemaking supplies available for sell when you come to ick grapes this fall. In addition we have vineyard wire, grow tubes for your new vines, and many other items. Check out our Items to sell sidebar.

 

GRAPE PICKING OPPORTUNITIES We are often looking for help picking our grapes for wineries, distilleries, and whomever. If you are interested call Dave at 608-225-9210, or email me at dgmitchell25@gmail.com. We can exchange your help for grapes or wages. The picking would involve being able to pick grapes into 5 or 6.5 gallon buckets, sitting them beside the row, and moving on to the next bucket till we have all the grapes we need. We would begin picking about 8:30 in the morning an finish when we have our totals. It requires some energy and the ability to pick without lying down to do it.  We supply the picking shears..you supply your lunch, and whatever you want to drink. We pay for the day.

Note: We will be picking for others, and you are invited, these dates:

 

September 23, Sunday 8:30 am  - about 3 or 4

 

 

Grape Prices 2018   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Variety

 

0-30 lb

31-100 lb

100+ lb

300+ lb

1000 lb

             

Concord

Purple, wine, eat

  1.50

 1.20

   1.15

   .95

  .88

Foch

Red, wine

    .99

   .98

   .95

   .90

  .88

Marquette

Red, wine

    1.00

   .98

   .95

   .90

  n/a

St Croix

Red, wine

    .98

   .95

   .93

   .90

  n/a

Frontenac

Red, wine

    .98

   .95

   .92

   .90

  n/a

Petite Pearl Red, wine   1.00    .95    .92    n/a   n/a

Delaware

Pink, wine, eat

  1.40

  1.00

   .95

   .92

  .85

LaCrescent

White, wine

    .98

   .92

   .89

   .86

  n/a

Prairie Star

White, wine

  1.25

  1.00

   .95

   n/a

  n/a

St Pepin

White, wine

  1.05

  1.00

   .96

   n/a

  n/a

Aromella

White, dessert

  1.35

  1.25

   n/a

   n/a

  n/a

Somerset

Red, seedless

  1.65

  1.50

   1.25

   1.00

  n/a

                  

Grape Picking Schedule (dates can change as ripening proceeds)

Grape

Wine

Start Date   

Sugar/

Brix/Date 

 TA   

pH   Date

  Crop size

Concord 

Purple, eating,` juice, 

Sep 8..early concords..& on...

14 8/30

 

 

 huge

Foch

red wine

Sep 4 and on...

19  8/30

 

 

Out!

Frontenac

red wine, port

mid Sept

18  8/20

 

  

good

Marquette 

red wine

Sep 8 and on...

19  8/30

 

 

still avialable

St Croix 

red wine

Sep 4 and on....

16  8/30

 

 

Still available

LaCrescent

white wine, aromatic

Sep 8...and on...

20  8/30

 

 

Out!

Prairie Star    

white wine, full-bodied 

Sep 8 and on....

19  8/30

 

  

Out!

 

 

St Pepin

white wine 

Sep 8 and on....

18  8/

 

 

good

Delaware (pink)

wine, champagne, eat

Sep 8 and on.....

16  8/30

 

 

good

Muscat (aromela) 

white Muscat wine, floral

mid - Sept

19  8/30

 

  

medium

Somerset seedless

red and ripe, seedless

Sep 4 and on....

20  8/30

 

 

Out!

Petite Pearl

red and intense

Mid to late Sept

16  8/30

 

 

medium

 

 

2018 GRAPE AND VINEYARD INFORMATION  

 

LARGE, FRUITFUL CROP OF MOST OF OUR VARIETIES THIS YEAR!

We have been blessed with a bountiful crop of just about all of our varieties. The vines have recovered well from last year's, 2017, hail storm. The lighter crop load in 2017 and the plentiful rain this Spring have resulted in our nicest grapes in a number of years. Pickiing should be very good.....

 

SEEDLESS GRAPES

SOMERSET  Delicious! Eat well! Eat again! This makes a delicious rose wine. 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. Somerset is sweet, low in acidity, and gorgeous. It also has become popular as alow-acid wine grape.   It would still be a good seedless grape for home grape lovers, but it ripens too early for our winemaking customers. We have a very nice crop this year! We have decided to plant it into Marquette, a popular and more timely grape for our winemaking customers

 

REDS

Frontenac  Exciting news! Leigh's Garden Winery in Escanaba, www.leighsgarden.com  Michigan won a Double Gold for his Frontenac wine made from our Frontenac grapes in 2016, at the Cold Climate Wine Competition in Minneapolis. This grape is 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. The crop looks nice this year and is our largest in a number of years. 

 

Foch  This is the most widely planted red wine grape in the midwest and upper mid-west. It can be made into a variety of styles. Try it as a medium rose wine, chilled. Delicious! Make a light red wine, easy to quaff or ferment on the skins longer for more tannins and aging potential. Foch has cherry notes. We have a very large, easy to pick  crop of Foch this season. A small amount of Foch in a white wine can give you an attractive, delicious rose wine.

 

Marquette Our nices looking crop in a couple of years.  Thisis one of our more popular red grapes. It has more tannins than other reds and has a high sugar and alcohol content.  However it bowed to hail and pollination this season. Our crop is small. 

 

St Croix Full crop and juicy, juicy, flavorful and soft. This makes a very soft, early maturing, easy to drink red wine with low acidity. A good blending grape.  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 large 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 16. Alcohol is typically around 11%   

 

Petite Pearl is a new variety first planted in 2014.  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
 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.

 

LaCrescent is our most popular white wine.  This grape provides honey, grapefruit, and tangerine aromas and flavors. One of Mary's favorites. We have a very nice crop this year, our largest ever.. When you pick this grape make sure you pick the golden clusters, ideally on both sides. 

 

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 very well with LaCrescent. If you want it you should get here early on the day we begin picking it. 2018 may be our last crop of this variety. It is a nice wine grape but it varies widely in pollination and may produce a small crop most any year. We are planting those rows to Istaca, a new white grape with a low acidity level. 

 

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. The crop looks good, but we have just 1 row, and the demand will be high.
 

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 moderatecrop this season. It ripens near end of September and is in high demand.

 

CONCORD  What can you say? Big, purple, bursting with flavor, good for eating, juice, and wine. We have an large 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? Why is it an extremely popular grape among the non-experts of wine tasting? It's because people like the flavor. It can be made dry, slightly sweet, moderately sweet, or as sweet as you might like. 

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

 

DELAWARE  this is a pink, light red beauty, that is tasteee. Don't wait too long on it this year.  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 had an abundant crop this year and it is turning red on schedule and is beautiful.  It has gone quickly.

 

 

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