The 2015 season in our vineyard is moving right along, as we enter into mid-summer just before the grapes start to turn. In this stage toward the end of month, the vines start to taper their growth (we hope, anyway!) and the energy of the plant moves to ripen and sweeten the berries. We have been busy with our usual maintenance routine of our vineyard…prune, mow, spray, and repeat…as fast as we can keep up! When we work our vines, it takes about 2-3 weeks (or longer) to get through all 28 rows. When you add mowing and spraying of the vines and weeds, as soon as we are finished, it is time to start over again. So, in an effort to not get behind, we keep moving! :) In addition, we have replaced 39 vines this year to make a full vineyard once again. We also have been working on thinning some of our varieties to balance out our crop from year to year. Overall, our vines are growing well as we head into the 2nd half of the growing season! 2015 has been a big year for us behind the scenes as we prepare to begin our commercial wine production. That’s right…Glyn Mawr Vineyard has officially become Glyn Mawr Vineyard and Winery! With the commercial production of wine come processes on the federal and state level, so we have been working on that this past year. We also are working on transforming all of our marketing and sales processes before our first wines will be released. We have a lot of updates coming, but there’s the saying that keeps popping in my head… “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” With that said, we want to get some final items ironed in place before we start marketing our new side of the business!
But, rest assured, we are barely containing our excitement. :) We have always had the plan of producing wine when we planted our vines in 2009. We just needed to wait for the right time. Well, six years later, we have arrived at that time, and we are very excited for our next chapter! P.S. I had to add a recent photo of my littlest guy helping me in the vineyard. His older brother and sister have made a lot of blogs over the years, so I thought I would try to catch him up! He prefers to dig while I prune. :) ‘Til next time!