Monday, July 29, 2013

Three Year Old Riesling Vines

I spent some hours cleaning up the vines this past weekend.  I mowed the grass in between the rows, pulled the weeds peeking through around the vine trunks, and tied down dangling branches.  With heavy attack by the Japanese beetles and leaves browned by the effects of various fungi, I am surprised at how well the vines have held up.  In three years, only 2 have died.  At this stage, fruit production is still minimal, but I can say that all surviving fruit is truly organic.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bottling The First Commercial Production

With slow and steady progress, some of the wine is bottled.  About 200 bottles of sparkling and 144 bottles of the traditional Riesling variety.

A shot of some organic grapes growing in the vineyard despite heavy attack by the Japanese beetle.