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New 2016 Wines are Ready for Tasting

Our cellar team has been hard at work bottling new wines from the 2016 harvest. The following wines have been bottled and released for sale: 2016 Iowa Edelweiss 2016 Iowa Brianna 2016 Iowa Steuben We hold back most wines for at least 3–4 weeks in order to allow them to recover from bottle shock. We can […]

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Last Bottling Run of 2016 was Iowa Steuben

In our last bottling run of 2016, we bottled 2016 Iowa Steuben. The amount of wine was limited by the fruit we harvested, but we think the berry flavors, complemented by a nice hint of cinnamon on the finish, will make this wine a great complement to spicy foods or it will be very nice […]

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Improvements for the Vineyard Being Implemented in 2017

Our Vineyard Manager, Adam Nunnikhoven, is working on implementing several improvements for our vineyard operations in 2017. We are trying out a tying machine that will be used on the vines. It applies a bio-degradable tie that secures the vine for a year or two without risking girdling the trunk or cane. We want to […]

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Iowa Brianna Bottled; Iowa Steuben will be Bottled This Week

Iowa Brianna was bottled last week. This is a fruit forward wine with pear, kiwi, and other tropical notes. During filtration, the cellar was filled with a wonderful aroma. We hope to release this wine in January as soon as it recovers from bottle shock. We will bottle Iowa Steuben on Wednesday, December 21. At […]

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Bottling is Now the Objective of the Cellar Team

We bottled the 2016 Iowa Edelweiss last Wednesday. The machinery did not cooperate this time and while we got the job done, it was an ordeal. Everyone is pleased that the wine is outstanding! The cellar team filtered the 2016 Iowa Brianna after cold stabilization. We will add sugar and filter again before bottling this […]

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Outdoor Work is Nearly Done for 2016, Planning for 2017 Becomes the Focus

Vineyard work is now focused on planning for next year. This includes developing the vineyard plan and budget for 2017, getting chemicals ordered, ordering vineyard post signs, updating the Safety Data Sheet File, and updating procedures for our quality system. We have a bit more herbicide to apply and some equipment to maintain, but otherwise, […]

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Bottling is Now the Objective of the Cellar Team

The cellar team is still fining some of our white wines to get them stabilized and ready to bottle. Prelude is now blended. It has subtle aromas and a big fruity finish on the palate. Rockets Glare Rosé® has also been blended and we are starting to cold stabilize it this week. Iowa Prairie Snow® […]

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Vineyard Crew Using Weed Badger to Remove Weeds

We are using our Weed Badger to mechanically remove weeds in our vineyards. This is a slow process, but the combination of mechanically removing weeds and then applying a pre-emergent will help us reduce the size and vigor of weeds in the vineyards next year. Our vineyard crew is finishing up routine equipment maintenance, cleanup, […]

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Cellar Team Begins Bottling 2016 Wine

We bottled the 2016 Iowa Nouveau last week. This is our first wine of the season. It is very fruity with cherry, blackberry, and a bit of plum. The color is garnet or brick red. The wine is smooth on the palate while still crisp. Plan to drink this wine while it is fresh and […]

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More Autumn Maintenance Gets Vineyards Ready for Winter

We need to blow our irrigation system so water doesn’t freeze in the lines when it gets cold. We continue to replace broken posts in the vineyard and we found some more mulberry trees in our Marquette vineyard that we dug up. We will winterize our Hagie sprayer, but when we were doing our preventative […]

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