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The vineyard is going through veraison, that is when the grapes start turning purple. Most farmers think it’s going to be an early harvest but our vineyard seems right on schedule. It always depends on what type of August we get.
Our estate vineyard was planted in 1999 with Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon on freedom rootstock. Our soil is sandy loam for thirty feet down which gives the vineyard great drainage so we can adjust the amount of water to the vines. We thin the canes in the spring to only grow two canes per spur with an average of 4 tons per acre at harvest.
What does a Spanish dancer have to do with a winery that has a French name? Absolutely nothing and everything. It was one of the first artworks Dave did about the same time he and Helen started making wine at home.