We have an exciting announcement! We’re planting a new variety of grape in our vineyard: Albariño. It’s a Spanish grape variety known for its distinctive aroma which some say is reminiscent of apricot and peach. Its name “Alba-Riño” literally means “the white [wine] from the Rhine,” probably because some believed it to be a Riesling clone originating from the Alsace region of France.
Why did we pick Albariño? Our winemaker, Richard, explains: “We considered a few possibilities for white wines—Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc—but Albariño seemed to be a good fit. It has a aroma and flavor profile different than the wines we already produce, and it is not commonly grown around here.” Most of all, we’re excited about experimenting with a new grape that we expect to yield delicious results.
Richard plans to nurture the vines for a few years until their root systems are well established. Hopefully by the third year the vines will be ready for their first harvest.
He says the vines are looking good so far. They’re leafing out nicely and the vineyard crew is putting up the grow tubes which act as kind of a mini-greenhouse for each plant. Leaves should be poking out the tops of the tubes by August, at which point the grow tubes will be removed. Stay tuned for updates on how our newest vineyard residents are doing!
Here are some photos of the planting work we did last week: