Vermont or Napa?

What a season!  Vermont  weather in 2012 was like Napa!  (Well almost).  Spring came early and stayed.  And, the late spring frosts did virtually no damage.  The season progressed in the same manner with consistently warm, relatively dry weather right into late September.  And we also had just the right amount of rain to avoid any stress on the vines.

The weather, along with this being the first season we finally had several acres of our MN hybrids fully mature, produced a record harvest both in quantity and quality.

On this rainy Wednesday (Oct 10) as I write this paragraph, Ethan and Tommy are at the press, for the last time this season, pressing a fully macerated Marquette batch off their skins.  All the grapes we harvested are safely in  tanks and barrels and nearing the end of their fermentation.

We, including Ethan and Tommy (who were  full time in the vineyard for the growing season) and the rest of our super team, are tired but happy, and anticipating some wonderful wines to bottle come spring.  Experience the summer of 2012 with our release of the 2012 vintage Louise Swenson, La Crescent, and Riesling in spring 2013 and our 2012 vintage Marquette, Rose’ and In Spite of Irene semi-dry red later in 2013.  ~Ken

Check out more photos of our 2012 harvest and crush here >