Category Archives: Viticulture
Ever wondered what it takes to be a winemaker? We asked Greenvale’s winemaker, Richard Carmichael, to give us an overview of what his typical week is like during harvest season. Pre-Harvest: It’s my job to make the official judgment call … Continue reading
Our grape vines are just about ready to rise and shine! In a few short days, we expect bud break to occur. This is the commencement of the growing season and a sure sign of warmer weather and increasing sunshine—so, naturally, it’s a highly anticipated event around here. Our Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc vines are particularly close to bud break. Bud break happens when the soil warms up and water begins circulating throughout the vines. The dormant buds swell and shoots begin to grow from the buds. Our vineyard crew is carefully monitoring the vines for signs of progress.
Our harvest began in the Cayuga and Vidal fields. Together, our vineyard crew and gracious volunteers harvested 9.9 tons of Cayuga grapes and 1.4 tons of Vidal grapes. Read more about our harvest in this blog post: “Harvest 2012 Has … Continue reading
Check out this short video about harvest at Greenvale!
Harvest season has finally come to Greenvale! Last Sunday, Richard Carmichael- our winemaker- made the decision to harvest the Cayuga and Vidal grapes we planted in March to start off the winemaking season. The staff at Greenvale took on the major task of hand picking the grapes and by the end of the day had harvest 9.9 tons of Cayuga grapes and 1.4 tons of Vidal grapes.
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.
Harvest is in full swing here at Greenvale! We picked our Cayuga grapes last week and this week we’re harvesting the Pinot Gris. Our harvest began slightly earlier this year because of the unusually high amount of rain we got in September. Luckily it looks like we’ll be having nice
We’re harvesting our Cayuga White grapes this week! Harvest has begun slightly earlier than usual because we want to pick the grapes before they absorb too much of this rain we’ve been getting. Here’s a peek at what our vineyard crew has been up to….
It’s about the time of year when the yeast catalogs start appearing in our office. Yes, you read that right: yeast catalogs. Yeast is one of the main ingredients of wine and there are literally hundreds of strains from which to choose.