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POSTED ON September 19, 2014

Awaiting Harvest

We are now embarking on our 3rd harvest as owners of Hickory Creek – and this one’s distinctly unique.  In fact, every harvest has been a roller coaster reflecting the past seasons’ unusual weather events.

While the polar vortex that hit us last winter seems like a bad nightmare we’d like to forget, the vinifera in our AVA have been unable to overcome the effects of the sustained cold.  We are not alone in this. Fruit was affected from Michigan to NY’s Finger Lake region and beyond.  Many vineyards produced little, if any, fruit.  We are still awaiting full ripening of the minimal grapes to be harvested – hopefully Chardonnay and Riesling – from vineyards just up the road.  With the cool, rainy summer, it’s taking a good long time for the grapes to sweeten.

But, we are fortunate.  As mentioned, it has been a roller coaster, and the last 2 harvests produced an overabundance of wine (if there can be such a thing)!  We have a nice cushion to keep us busy and our production area will be pretty well maxed out after the 2014 harvest.   Glad we rolled the dice and took in as much fruit as we could those 2 previous harvests.

Come visit us this most glorious time of year!  There’s usually a fire going in the firepit, and we’ve got blankets to wrap yourselves in while you enjoy a glass of wine under our apple tree.  We’ve also got many new releases being served in our tasting room.  We are particularly proud of our award winning 2012 Syrah and 2009 Cabernet Franc which truly reflect our AVA’s remarkable fruit.

Cheers to our wonderful customers and thank you for your enthusiasm and support of Hickory Creek Winery!

Eric & Jayne Wagner

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