Spring is here and we are ready for another season in the vineyard, the winery and in the tasting room. In the vineyard, we are pruning the vines to prepare for the coming growing season. The polar vortex in January caused lots of cold damage in the vines so we expect to have little or no crop in our Riesling and Cabernet franc vines this year. Bummer. On the bright side, we made a lot of wine in 2017 and 2018 so we will squeak by with less and maybe a little wine from Washington or Oregon to get us through. The severe winters of Michigan are one of the reasons we use “resistant hybrids” in our viticulture. Resistant hybrids are crosses of American grapevines with European grapevines that are resistant to diseases and pests and, they are more cold-tolerant than the Vitis vinifera from Europe. Since they are better able to withstand cold, the resistant hybrids will have a crop this year: Awesome! We use resistant hybrids in a number of our wines including Mirage, Lady Slipper Rose’, Ice Wine, Red Expression, Dune Shadow Red and White Expression. In other words, we will definitely have wine!
In the vineyard we are finishing pruning the vines and getting our early weed control down. In our new vineyard, planted in 2018, we will install the trellis this summer and start getting the vines trained so they can be cropped in 2020 and 2021. It’s a great time of year to be outdoors, enjoying the longer days and all of the spring activity from birds, plants – you name it! Ahhh, I love spring!
In the winery we are bottling our 2018 Chardonnay just in time for summer! We have released our 2017 white wines including Pinot grigio and Reserve Riesling. We have also released the 2017 Lady Slipper Rose’ and Reserve Mirage. The 2017 red wines are bottled and are resting before release. We will release our newest wine, the 2017 Reserve Cabernet franc – Sophie’s Vineyard by May 1st. It is a very limited bottling and will only occur in exceptional years like 2017. Stop by the tasting room in May to try it. You won’t be disappointed!
We are nearing the release of our 2017 Reserve Merlot and 2017 Reserve Cabernet franc. Both are exceptional wines from an exceptional vintage. Check our Facebook page for news on new wine releases.
Spring is a great time to enjoy the region before the summer crowds arrive. Go for a drive in the country side or by Lake Michigan. Later, when you get thirsty, stop by the tasting room and taste what’s new. We hope to see you soon!