In 2008 we purchased an additional 35 acres of land in the hills outside Kutztown. We currently have 23 acres of vines planted in 10 different varietals, with more acres left for a possibility of more wines.
In 2009 we began building a gravity flow winery on site. A gravity flow winery allows us to pump the wine less frequently, which in turn minimizes the amount of oxygen the wine comes in contact with.
We opened our new doors to the public in Summer of 2010 and could not be happier with our new winery and location. The view overlooks the Blue Mountains as well as a sloping vineyard. It's always a perfect day for a picnic on our lawn.
Viticulture and winemaking are year round processes. Beginning in the winter we prune the dormant vines to control the amount and quality of fruit coming from each shoot. Once the weather warms up, the vines start sprouting leaves and flowers. We maintain the vineyard throughout the summer to allow the grapes to fully ripen. In early August, once the vines start bearing mature fruit, we cover the grapes with netting to reduce crop damage from birds and deer. The harvest season is our busiest time and lasts from mid-September to late October. We pick, crush, and ferment the grapes within this time frame. After the primary fermentation, we transfer the wine into barrels or stainless steel tanks to allow them to develop character for the next 10 months to 2 years. Finally, the wine is ready to be bottled. We wait until bottling shock is over before we release it to the public. And we can’t forget the best part about winemaking, drinking the wine!