The Vineyard is an endless source of inspiration. Each dawn we thank God for the wonders of another miraculous day to watch our vines grow, witness nature's bounty, and bask in the joys of our role as temporary caretakers of this little piece of earth. Come join us to drink in the wonder of our farm.
This week in the Vineyard
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Hand picked grapes being crushed at Villa Milagro. Rogelio loads the crusher-destemer while Jesus and Chico pass him lugs full of grapes. Each lug weighs around 20-30 lbs depending on the grape variety.
The machine removes the berries from the stems. Then whole berries, along with juice, pulp, crushed berries and seeds are transfered to our fermentation tanks to begin the transformation from juice to wine.
We grow ten varieties of grapes; ferment and age them individually; then blend them to make our unique, signature wines.
The vines are in decline, with 99% of leaves gone now. Sap is beginning to return to the roots where it will store to await spring revival.
Our over winter work will include the spreading of chicken manure and compost before the snows start. Then rough pruning in early February. Until then, the vines will rest - much needed.