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A Week as a Winemaker During Harvest
by Richard Carmichael, Greenvale's winemaker

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

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Vineyard Progress Report

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.

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Harvest 2012: Day 1

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

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Harvest Video

Check out this short video about harvest at Greenvale!

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Harvest 2012 Has Begun!

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.

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Our Newest Vineyard Resident

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.

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Harvest 2011 Update

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

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Harvest 2011 Has Begun!

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….

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Christmas for Winemakers

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.

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We’re seeing purple!

This week our vineyard guests are witnessing an exciting change in the vines: our red wine grapes are starting to turn from light green to deep purple. French winemakers call this stage veraison. Since there’s no comparable word in English, … Continue reading

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