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Autumn Maintenance Gets Vineyards Ready for Winter

While we wait for all vines to go into dormancy, we are finishing up our autumn maintenance tasks. We got the last fungicide spray done last week and now we have to clean, wash, and re-paint the Hagie vineyard sprayer as well as do our regular autumn preventative maintenance. We continue to replace broken posts […]

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Bottling Starts This Week; Other Cellar Work Focuses on Getting White Wines Ready to Bottle

The first wine we will bottle this season is Oskyfizzante® Pink. This wine was made last spring but we ran out of time to bottle it before harvest started. This wine is bursting with flavor and the color is brilliant. We began carbonation last week and will begin bottling this week. We are cold stabilizing […]

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Recent Frost Sends Vines into Winter Dormancy

It is amazing what a little frost can do to a vineyard in October. Depending on the variety, age of the vines, exact location in the vineyard, and how cold it gets and for how long, one frost is enough to send vines into winter dormancy. What that means is that the sap in the […]

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All Fermentations are Now Complete; 2016 Iowa Nouveau is the Next Priority

The cellar team has now finished all of the fermentations. They are shifting their attention to making the final blend on the 2016 Iowa Nouveau and getting some of the white wines ready for bottling in November. They will also be bottling Oskyfizzante® Pink. This is a time-consuming process because we use a four spout […]

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Post Pounding for Vineyard Expansions Continue

Last week, we pounded posts in the vineyard expansion at Maple Woods Vineyard. This week, work shifts to the vineyard expansion at Tassel Ridge Vineyard. We will be adding about 1.1 acres of vineyard. About 1/3 will contain more Brianna vines and 2/3 will have a new variety, Petite Pearl. Petite Pearl will make a […]

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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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Cellar Team Starts and Monitors Fermentations

The Cellar Team is now starting fermentations as soon as juice gets up to about 50–60°F. It takes some time to actually mix the yeast nutrients and yeast so only a couple of fermentations are started each day. Then, the sugar levels and tank temperatures are monitored daily to make sure that the fermentation is […]

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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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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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Crushing, Cold Settling, and Starting Fermentations Occupies Our Cellar Team

The cellar team starts their mornings very early to assure that the fruit is cool when it arrives at the crush pad. Fortunately, the bees and little bugs sleep in, so by starting early, we can avoid most of these headaches. LaCrosse is one grape we’ve already harvested. The LaCrosse we’ve grown in our vineyards […]

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