The 2019 year has been a challenge for grape growers in Northern Michigan and many other parts of the Midwest. Cold Spring weather dragged on to mid-June and slowed down budding and blossoming of all our grape varieties. Once summer finally arrived it was catch-up time for vine and grape growth. We also dealt with only a moderately warm summer, a bit of drought in August, and lots of rain this Fall. These kinds of challenges in the vineyard always make it interesting for the winemaker. That is why I look forward to each vintage year and the difference I can make along the way in the vineyard and in the final wine making process. Having total control of what goes on in the vineyard and having a hands on approach in making all our wines gives me an advantage that shows well in your wine glass. That is what making small batch “artisan” wine is all about.
The 2019 harvest takes place in late October, two to three weeks later than last year. Harvesting that late is always a gamble against early frosts and winter setting in sooner than expected. The reward can be lush ripe grapes that need little extra attention to make great wines. This year I am ready to take that gamble. You will be able to taste the results in Spring 2020.