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Harvest Fades into Rear View Mirror; Focus Shifts to Installation of New Vineyards

We finished up harvest with our Sabrevois at Tassel Ridge Winery on Monday, September 19. Our photographer used his drone to capture some great harvest photos which you can view here. We started at sunrise when the fruit was cool. Normally, we’d start at 3 a.m. but we expected to have a short day of […]

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2016 Harvest at Tassel Ridge Winery

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Harvest is Now Finished; Work Shifts to Clean-Up and Repairs

We finished up harvest with our Sabrevois at Tassel Ridge Winery on Monday, September 19. Our photographer used his drone to capture some great harvest photos. We will have video to show you how it all looks from the air. Last week, we harvested the Steuben, La Crescent, Marquette, Frontenac, and finished up the St. […]

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We are Now Harvesting Red Grapes

We’ve enjoyed a large harvest with outstanding fruit quality so far. All of the white grapes are harvested except for the La Crescent. We will focus on harvesting red grapes now. The big problem has been rain and overcast skies that have interrupted harvest and slowed fruit development. Last week, we harvested Edelweiss followed by […]

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Tassel Ridge Vineyard Team is Hard at Work Harvesting Grapes

Over the Labor Day weekend, the vineyard team harvested 44.3 tons of Edelweiss at the Tassel Ridge vineyard. These grapes will be used to make Iowa White Blossom, Iowa Edelweiss, Star Spangled White®, and Oskyfizzante® Iowa White. We now have harvested almost all of the grapes that will be used to make white wines. These […]

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Brianna was First Machine-Harvested Grape Last Week; LaCrosse and Edelweiss will Follow This Week

After hand-harvesting some Brianna, St. Pepin, and La Crescent last week and the week before, the harvest really got started last Tuesday with machine harvesting of Brianna. This was some of the best Brianna we’ve ever tasted. And, the total quantity was astounding: 8 tons per acre. Normally, we’ve gotten 2–3 tons per acre. The […]

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Sit in the Cab of the Grape Harvester and Watch Brianna Grapes Being Harvested

Sit in the cab of the Grape Harvester at Tassel Ridge Vineyard as we harvest Brianna on Tuesday, August 23. Fruit quality is outstanding this year. And, the total yield was an astounding eight tons per acre! This translates to about 26 pounds per vine or 1600 pounds per 500 foot row. This means that we could fill the […]

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Harvest Started with Brianna Last Week and Will Continue with St. Pepin and La Crescent

We started hand picking Brianna last week and will continue with St. Pepin and La Crescent. These grapes will be frozen and then used in making Iowa Prairie Snow®. We expect to move next to machine harvested Brianna. All other white varieties will be tested for Total Acidity, pH, and sugar level in degrees Brix […]

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All Grape Varieties are Moving Towards Ripeness

All of our grape varieties are now ripening. The acid levels are starting to decrease and sugar levels are growing. The grapes are becoming very flavorful, however, they are still high in acidity. The color of the grapes has changed. White grapes have become somewhat translucent and golden whereas the red or purple grapes take […]

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Get a Close-Up Look at Several Grape Varieties Right at the Front of the Winery

We’ve planted one each of most of the grape varieties we grow in our vineyards right in front of the Winery. You are welcome to look them over carefully and then when the grapes are ripe, taste them for yourselves. Each vine is labeled with its name and hybrid composition. Then, come in to the […]

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