Above - photos from 2018 harvest and some from previous years. 

 

 

             

Late Summer 2019.    August 12th 2019

 

We are in veraison, the coloring up of most varieties now. The grapes and vines look in very good shape, though with possibilities of hail, floods and other unexpected events, we remain guardedly optimistic...a farmer's and vineyardist's usual state of mind.

 

Here's an early assessment of our varieties and likely yield. So far the clusters look nice with little or no disease issues.

 

Concord...a nice slightly smaller than usual, sized crop of this tasty purple immensely popular grape variety.

Frontenac...one of our larger crops of this variety. So if you like a sweet wine or a port this would be a good year for Frontenac.

Foch...we have a nice medium sized crop of this versitile red variety. Very easy picking.

St. Croix....this early picking, soft to the taste, red grape has a smaller than average crop  this year. If you liked it in the past be sure to get on it early. 

Marquette...this very popular variety has one of our larger crops. It came through the winter very well. We were pleasantly surprised as it dealt with negative 30F quite well. We have added more rows of this variety to have larger harvests in the future.

Petite Pearl...We have our largest crop so far of this shy bearing red grape. This late season red should ripen a bit early this year as we have controlled its quantity to have that happen. 

LaCrescent  a very popular white...we have a nice medium sized crop.

St Pepin white. This vine has been more and more popular . It makes a nice dry or semi-dry wine.

Delaware.  this very popular light red grape which makes a nice wine and is delicious eating has a limited crop. It did not like the extremely cold winter. The clusters we have are very nice though. It will go early..so be prepared.

Itasca...this very new 2nd year variety has an extremely limited crop. we expect a much larger crop in 2020. It is a new white with a low acicity so it should produce a white wine that is easy to make since it may need little or no acid reduction. We expect it to be very popular when we have sufficient crop of it. Our 2020 crop will go very quickly will go quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

Items to sell:   We have alot of extra supplies at the vineyard, including:

Aluminum  picking trays, vineyard wire (and lots of it), in various lengths and sizes, trellis and vine equiment including wire catches, rubber tying bands, various VSP clips, bird netting,  GDC arms..all at very good prices. call us at 608 225 9210

 

 

 

                  

Grape Picking Schedule 2018. Our 2019 schedule will be available soon.

Grape

Wine

Start Date   

Sugar/

Brix/Date 

 TA   

pH   Date

  Crop size

Concord 

Purple, eating,` juice, 

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

 

 

 

 

Foch

red wine

Sep  and on...

 

 

 

 

Frontenac

red wine, port

mid Sept

 

 

  

 

Marquette 

red wine

Sep and on...

 

 

 

 

St Croix 

red wine

Sep  and on....

 

 

 

 

LaCrescent

white wine, aromatic

Sep ...and on...

 

 

 

 

 

white wine, full-bodied 

Sep  and on....

 

 

  

 

 

St Pepin

white wine 

Sep  and on....

 

 

 

 

Delaware (pink)

wine, champagne, eat

Sep  and on.....

 

 

 

 

Muscat (aromela) 

white Muscat wine, floral

mid - Sept

 

 

  

 

 

red and ripe, seedless

Sep 4 and on....

 

 

 

 

Petite Pearl

red and intense

Mid to late Sept

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Grape Prices 2018   2019 will be posted mid to late August 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Istaca

White, wine

  1.30

  1.10

   n/a

   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

2019 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. 

 

Istaca This is a new white variety. We will have our initial small crop this season. Here is a brief description of it: Here is a brief description of it: Itasca produces a dry, or sweet,  white wine that is light yellow to straw in color and has aromas of pear, quince, violet, melon, minerals, and subtle honey notes. Itasca has exhibited lower acidity and higher sugar levels., Showing a high resistance to downy and powdery mildew and the insect Phylloxera. Itasca is considered a very hardy, disease resistant cultivar expected to reduce spray inputs.

For winemaking the Acid is low, needing no adjustment, the sugar is high, it is disease resistant, and production is good. Have fun with this new variety this year. But supply will be limited!

 

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/Muscat  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  Due to our extremely cold winter of 2018/2019, our crop this Fall of 2019 will be extremely limited. The vines will be in a revoery mode this season. Hopefull the 2020 willl find it back to its ususally fine place in our list of varieties. 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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