Everyone’s been concerned about the harvest this year following last year’s dearth of vinifera in MI. If you’ve been following the Michigan wineries’ and vineyard news, you know we’ve been hit hard the last two winters due to the effects of the mighty “Polar Vortex”. Vinifera, or the European derived vines, are particularly susceptible to extreme cold. While this past winter’s cold wasn’t quite as deep and long lasting as the previous year’s, this one-two punch has taken its toll. Eric was kept busy this summer replacing over 2,000 Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc vines planted on the winery, and our farm property.
We have managed to source some local 2015 Lake Michigan Shore AVA Chardonnay, Riesling and Cabernet Franc. While the tonnage is down, the quality is high. Harvest has been running about 2 weeks behind the average. Besides the extraordinarily cold winter, we also had a cool, cloudy, wet spring and early Summer. You may recall it didn’t feel like summer until it was almost Back-to-School time!! The Cabernet Franc is yet to be picked, but we do have the Riesling, Chardonnay and Apple wines in production. We are hoping, along with California, that El Niño will take hold and provide much needed rain (for them) and milder temps (for us)!
If you’re a member of our wine club, mark your calendar for Sunday November 8, as we will be hosting a fall “pickup your wine” party from Noon-4 in our private members’ lounge. You can taste through our current offerings and make your own club selection, as well as save the shipping fee!
If you’re not a member yet, you are welcome to join anytime. You’ll receive applicable member level discounts, along with special tastings from our private wine library, light snacks and lively camaraderie. It’s a great way to meet like-minded wine lovers and take a peek at all post harvest winemaking activities!
Hope to see you this harvest. Autumn is a great time to visit as the crowds have died down, and the winery hosts the terrific aroma of grapes fermenting!
Cheers to another vintage!