Newsletter Articles

Vineyard Crew Plants Last Vines of the Season, Sprays Fungicide and Herbicide, and Removes Suckers from Vines

Working in the vineyard during the last couple of weeks has required the crew to dodge a lot of rain drops. Rain in Iowa is usually accompanied by lightning and that makes a vineyard, with its miles of trellis wire, an extremely dangerous place to be. On dry days, the vineyard crew has been planting Steuben […]

Category : From Our Vineyard &Newsletter Articles

Vineyard Crew Plants Last Vines of the Season, Sprays Fungicide, and Removes Suckers from Vines

We just received our rooted cuttings of Steuben and will plant these vines over the next two weeks. Steuben is a Vitis labrusca variety that is difficult to grow in most climates and really marginal in Iowa. But the grapes make a very nice sweet rosé wine that is very popular for its spicy finish, […]

Category : From Our Vineyard &Newsletter Articles

Vineyard Crew is Planting Vines, Spraying, and Mowing

We are a little more than half way done with the planting of vines this season and are going to take a breather from planting early this week to spray herbicide and mow. If time permits, we are going to also finish pruning the Foch that got such a late start this year. One of […]

Category : From Our Vineyard &Newsletter Articles

Vineyard Crew is Planting Vines and, Weather Permitting, Spraying

We got about one inch of rain on Saturday and a little less on Monday and because our vineyards are all well drained, this is all good as far as we are concerned. Of course, good drainage requires constant maintenance just like everything else does. In fact, we have one tile that is backing up […]

Category : From Our Vineyard &Newsletter Articles

Cellar Crew Makes Red, White, & Blue®, American Pink Catawba, Blackberry Wine, and 2013 Iowa Marquette

While the Cellar Team focuses on Red, White, & Blue® this time of year, they are also working on batches of American Pink Catawba, Blackberry Wine, 2013 Iowa Marquette, and a new blend of Robert Duncan. These wines will all be bottled before we start harvest. The 2013 Iowa Marquette and the Robert Duncan will […]

Category : Action in the Cellar &Newsletter Articles

Vineyard Work Shifts to Planting Vines and Spraying Herbicide and Fungicide

All 800 pounds of rooted cuttings have arrived, and we will start this week to get them planted before they dry out. The planting actually starts at Maple Woods vineyard where we are replacing vines that died during the winter. We are not expanding our vineyards this year but are only replacing vines that died […]

Category : From Our Vineyard &Newsletter Articles

Cellar Crew Turns Its Attention to Red, White, & Blue® and a Few Other Wines

Almost every Wednesday in May and June, the cellar crew, with help from others at the Winery, will bottle Red, White, & Blue®. This is the time of year that we build our inventory of this very popular wine. The reason is that we have tank space to make Red, White, & Blue®, as well […]

Category : Action in the Cellar &Newsletter Articles

Pruning is Now Finished for 2015; Planting New Vines is Next on Our Vineyard Agenda

We have finished pruning all of our vineyards, but in the process, discovered that some varieties in one of our vineyards are showing signs of damage from herbicide drift. This is the first time we’ve experienced damage from herbicide drift and we’ve gotten help from the experts to sort out what was sprayed and where […]

Category : From Our Vineyard &Newsletter Articles

Cellar Crew Turns its Attention to Red, White, & Blue®

Almost every Wednesday in May and June, the cellar crew, with help from others at the Winery, will bottle Red, White, & Blue®. This is the time of year that we build our inventory of this very popular wine.

Category : Action in the Cellar &Newsletter Articles

We are Pushing Hard to Finish Short Pruning

Weather permitting, we’d hoped to finish pruning at Meadowcreek on Monday, May 4. Then, we will focus on pruning St. Croix at Tassel Ridge and then the vines at Newport Lane. We need to start mowing as soon as we have some dry weather.

Category : From Our Vineyard &Newsletter Articles