Tuesday, August 26, 2008

That's Farming

This second year for our vineyard has been filled with challenges and leasons learned.

The Barbera was well on it's way to a great year and reaching for the cordon wire when a late frost came. A large percentage of vines with new shoots were hurt and are still way behind this year.

Next, with many windy days in the Spring - we had to battle mites in the Primitivo. In addition, the wind hindered out ability to do weed control all around the vineyard.

Then of course we have our regular visitors - deer. They've done more than enough hedging. The deer fence provisions have to be in place before next Spring!
Finally, the smoke from the many fires around the Golden State. Look closely at this photo and you might even see the sun.
The good news is - we have 210 new Chardonnay vines planted and they're doing great.

Crush in the Foothills

Harvest has come a few weeks early for many of the vineyards here in Placer County California. With a neighboring vineyard of Syrah on the verge of being over-ripe and wasted - we picked about 2300-lbs, crushed/destemmed, and coaxed approximately 200-gallons of must on it's way to being wine.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Vineyard Progress

All line posts and the cordon wires are in place. Drip tubing is off the ground, on the wire, and irrigation is working better than ever. It's starting to look like a real vineyard!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Chickens for the good of the order

We have quite a variety of chickens at the vineyard(grapevine farm). Fourteen total (13 hens and 1 huge rooster). Here's a shot of the rooster, he's a two year old Black Giant. Shaq lives-up to his breed; weighing-in at over 12-lbs and around 2-1/2 feet tall. Most of the time he's nice but when the girls are out and about he gets pretty cocky.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

2008 - Summer's on the way

Here's another shot of the vineyard from the cooler season. Always wonderful scenes at PaZa!

We are awaiting delivery of some replacement Barbera and an additional lot of Chardonnay. There is still a lot of work to do for the development of the vineyard.

5/2008 - Springtime in the Foothils

We pruned the vines back to 2-buds back in January. It was a difficult time - waiting to see them start over. But they did!

The Barbera began bud-break before the other varietals and were doing great until a late frost. Now, several weeks later - they are all starting to push again with new growth.

The Line Posts are in place now and we're ready to get the Trellis System installed.

2008 - Winter into Spring

Vines sleeping in the midst of Winter.

1/2008 - Wind-blown

Due to high winds around the first week of January - we opted to remove all the Grow Tubes.

2005/2006/2007 - The dream begins

A few years ago, after many months of searching, we found the perfect site for a small vineyard and winery. Our little space of heaven on earth is located in the beautiful foothills of Placer County near Auburn California (just north of Sacramento). We are surrounded by picturesque views of the Sierra's, the Sutter Buttes and Coastal mountain range, and the Sacramento Valley.

The 2.7-acre vineyard features several varietals - Barbera, Petite Sirah, Primitivo (the elder genetic twin of Zinfandel), and Chardonnay (Dijon clone). We chose these grapes for their wonderful rich flavors and willingness to thrive in this micro climate.It has been extremely challenging yet very rewarding to design the vineyard layout, winery, and tasting facility. Looking back at the photographs of only a few short years ago - the progress is quite amazing.

Anyone who knows about grapevines can tell you they’re a long term investment. So, with patience and a full plate of other projects we look forward to a qualified harvest in three years. With just a little over 2400 vines, we hope to yield at least 10-tons of fruit per year and produce approximately 800 cases of wine.

Our goals are to create wines that appeal to the fun loving enthusiast and even the serious connoisseur. And, when these folks visit our place we want them to know they are welcome and stay a while. With the breathtaking views surrounding the estate – that won’t be difficult.