I can’t think of a better Mother’s Day than spending it working in our newly planted vineyard. Yes, we are finally planted! Right behind these gates are 4,000 of my newest Pinot Noir babies. I know it looks like nothing but trust me, they are there.
The weather finally cooperated and let us finish the fence and get the plants in. We have had to delay putting in the vineyard posts until later as we were under time pressure to get the vines in the ground. Realistically, we wanted to start planting 6 weeks ago but mother nature was having none of it. The stress now is keeping the vines watered, with it being late in the season we worry considerably about vine mortality.
Planting a vineyard and making wine was something we started dreaming about back in 1997. Thirteen years is a long time to wait but we finally made it. There were many struggles along the way but it has all been worth it. I can’t think of a greater feeling than working towards a goal for so long and finally making it happen.
When my husband and I woke up this morning, we looked at each other and said, “I wonder what the vinesare doing”, then we laughed.
There is so much to be thankful for, especially the manypeople along the way who helped us make this happen. We have learned so much and are already planning our first expansion. Crazy but true, maybe in the Fall.
If everything goes well, the wine made from this block, which we have decided to call the “Kings Table”, will be harvested in about three years and made into wine to be released 1-2 years later. Until then we will continue to purchase grapes to make wine from other highly respected vineyards in our area.
To see how far we’ve come, the above picture is the same land that is now under vine. The property had been recently logged and left in complete disarray. Looking at it now, it’s hard to imagine we were able to see the potential. I’m so glad we did.
Here I am planting our first vine in the vineyard, there was just no way anyone was going to plant one before me. Luckily the vineyard crew let me have my moment. We clapped, cheered and toasted our new endeavor. It was very emotional.
Thank you also to all of our friends who came out with wine, pizza and champagne to help us celebrate this milestone. Your constant unwavering support and encouragement has been the greatest gift of all.
Here’s to dreams coming true!
And finally, Happy Mother’s Day to all you fabulous Moms out there.Thank you for continuing to follow this journey, many of you from the very beginning! You are truly appreciated.