In 2014 we harvested around 2 tons of grapes, enough for approximately 100 cases of wine. 2015 is best skipped over, as it never did stop raining. But this summer, 2016, we have new vines that will start producing grapes and so expect somewhere around 4 tons. That means we need more room to make and age the wine.
Here is the first step – creating a building pad on top of the stone.
Once that was done, the site was prepared for concrete.
The concrete has been poured, but that was not without issues – the first pump they brought out clogged. This is what they tried to clear it – raise the boom and let gravity do the job.
Eventually a different pump truck was brought in and we now have a beautiful pad on which to construct the new building. More later.
We’ve been busy updating the existing building that will become the tasting room. The bathroom has been completely remodeled and now there are 2 new beautiful doors installed.
Sorry for the rainy day picture quality. The week has been a mess. Pruning has started with the block 2 cabernet sauvignon but it is not a good idea to prune when it is foggy and rainy and cold, so we are not working quite as fast as wished.
Still to be done before opening this fall is the seating area – we envision a deck overlooking the 2 vineyards, the horse paddock, and the ‘tank’ (what the rest of the country calls a pond).
We’re very pleased with the results of our first bottling. We did the 2013 cabernet sauvignon first, followed by the cab franc. Both labels show scenes from the ranch, as all of our labels do. We look forward to offering these wines to you in the fall of 2015.