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A Good Year at Stinson Vineyards

January 5, 2011

The Winery: barrel racks and our tiny press, aka “R2D2”

Happy New Years from Stinson Vineyards!  We’re looking back on 2010 and have to admit – its been a pretty good year for us.  Between planting our first grapes and surviving our first harvest we’re starting to see everything take shape.  With the wines beginning to stabilize, we’re focusing on the next phase of our project: bottling and labeling the wines, planting 2200 vines in the spring, and of course opening the Tasting Room in June!

In the meantime, heres a look back at 2010:

Before pictures: the original garage structure

We never get tired of looking at the before pictures of our Garage Winery! Here’s a few from when it was still more “garage” than “winery”.  Its hard to imagine that these were taken just a few months before grapes started to arrive – the new floor is poured and the trench drain is in, but that’s about it.

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Spring Soil Adjustments in the Vineyard

March 25, 2010

…And the farm work begins!

We took advantage of the beautiful weather last week to start making some soil adjustments to the old vineyard.  In the country this obviously includes enlisting the help of every neighbor within in a 5-10 mile radius. Fortunately we were able to borrow enough equipment and manpower to get the job done.  A special thanks to MVP Neighbors of the Month Jack Clark and Harold Sipe for all their hard work!

The first step was to plow the field, turning over all the grass from the alleys between the old vineyard rows.  This also cut up most of the vines and roots still embedded in the soil which could infect the new vines and lead to diseases.  Next, we disced it until it was pulverized. Finally, we York raked it smooth and used an automatic seeder to spread Dwarf Essex Rape Seed, which will help suppress nematode populations in the soil. (more…)