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Here We Grow...

Before harvest, we contemplated how we wanted to keep growing the winery, what changes we would make, and how we would progress through the next season. We decided not to seek out additional growers and just keep all of our own grapes, and hopefully grow a little with any extra crop production.

Well…after bringing in an additional 8,000 lbs. of grapes from last year, the decision to grow was decided for us! :) Prior to harvest, we thought we were much better prepared for the season compared to last year.  After the first weekend of harvesting over 2500 lbs. more of just our Brianna variety, we started scrambling to order more tanks to hold our extra volume.  All of our preparation and planning was thrown out the window, and our new plan, FIGURE OUT WHERE TO PUT ALL OF THESE GRAPES, was put into action. :)

Extra grapes also led to needing more pickers, and we were so incredibly grateful for everyone who showed up for the 4 weekends of harvest to help us bring in our crop. Friends, family, acquaintances, and new faces all arrived in our vineyard willing to help out, and we can’t thank them enough.  With the launch of our winery last year, we were able to hold wine tastings after the end of picking each day, and gift our pickers with wine to take home after their day’s work!

After the dust (and sweat) of harvest settled, and ALL of our wine (we did find a place for all of it!) was fermented and in tanks, we had to think about our goals and upcoming season and decide where and what to do next.  And, with a few more thousand bottles going into our inventory after bottling, we decided more locations and more channels for getting our wine out there would be a good place to start. :)

So, we’re refocused and busy getting our product introduced and out to more people now that our vineyard work is behind us for the season. We’re looking forward meeting new faces, new business owners, and new ideas and fun with our business!  I mean…Wine Not? :)

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Getting into a Rhythm...

After launching our commercial winery the beginning of this year, we have been working on figuring out a good balance of getting our product out to new customers by holding tasting and events, establishing retail locations for recurring purchases, and maintaining our vineyard to produce a high quality crop for the next harvest season.wine tasting

 

Although they seem like logical, basic tasks to complete if you have a wine business (and they are all basic tasks,) it has proven a little trickier to find the time to get all of it done!

There are constant hurdles in any new business…unexpected things you know you should do, but forgot or failed to do them at the right time, and the completely unforeseen things you would have never known about until they happen…and then it’s panic to figure out a solution! :)

So, getting into a rhythm or flow of operations has been a focus for our winery this year. Deciding where we need to focus our time and our plans for the short-term and long-term, all while working on the priority of the day.  Also, taking the time to enjoy our successes and positive feedback on our product and service, and feeling confident in our vineyard, as we are into our 8th growing season with our varieties of grapes.Brianna grapes photo

But, with finding a rhythm for our new business, we always remember to have fun and do what makes us happy! We want to make sure to put our mark and style on our business, and make it a reflection of our personalities and values.  Family, fun, hard work and love are all things that come to mind when we work on our business, so we’ll continue to have those come through with our winery efforts. :)Wine-Not-Black

Harvest season is upon us once again…every August like clock-work! We’re hoping this harvest will be a little more organized regarding the winery side of things, and we will bring in high-quality grapes to start our wine line-up for next year!

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Off to the Races!

Off to the Races!

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Glyn Mawr Vineyard and Winery officially launched the last week in February with our big open house event on March 4th.  We were blown away by the number of people who attended and came out to support our line of wines seven years after planting our vines!  It was a great night for us, and we were humbled by the support.  And, we hope it was also a fun night for everyone involved!

20160314_154559_resizedAnd, since that last week in February, we have seriously been off to the races…placing wine in retail locations, building our brand with marketing and promotions, lining up tastings at area events, and SELLING WINE! In addition, we are still hard at work in the winery…we bottled our Frontenac wine in April and are ready to bottle our Marquette wine this month!  20160223_093806To say we have been busy, a bit overwhelmed, but entirely grateful and excited for the future…is a bit of an understatement.  But, we have our goals and our vision, and plan to keep plowing ahead to get there…with a whole lot of fun thrown in between!  I mean…our wine club is called, “Wine Not?”  Do we really need to say more?:)

We are enjoying this new step in our business and finally getting the product into the hands of people who enjoy it! And, we love putting our spin on our business.  We’ve talked about our ideas for years, so it is fun to start putting them into place and watching them grow.IMG_1847

We will continue to be busy this spring working in the vineyard, distributing our wine inventory, and making appearances at tastings, events, farmers markets, and more. We are fortunate enough to be super busy, and we have all of our family, friends, retail partners, and customers to thank for that.  So, a big “THANK YOU!” to everyone who continues to support Glyn Mawr wines!

We have a big spring/summer line-up of events and tastings, so stay tuned to our blog, website, Facebook, and/or newsletter and join in the fun!

‘Til next time!

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When Someday Becomes Today...

When you’re working towards Someday, you always imagine how long it’s going to take to get there, and what it will look like when you do end up there. You see the end prize, and how fun it will be to achieve what you hold in your heart and mind.

I, for one, have thought about this time in our lives for several years…back when we decided to plant our vines in 2009. When people would ask us when we would make wine to sell commercially, we’d always say, “Someday!”

When we planted our grapes, I was working and in the middle of growing our family, with a one-year-old and pregnant with our 2nd child.  Now, we have 3 busy kiddos, ages 8, 6, and 3.

When we planted our grapes, my mom was also working and still helping my dad with his construction business, and maintaining their 10 acres.

So, we knew that our Someday was going to take a while…but, we were going to enjoy the time in between and just look forward to when it came. I have been able to take my children “to work” at Grandma and Grandpa’s for 7 years…that in itself is something to be extremely grateful for…and I am. :)

In the meantime, we’ve started other businesses, grew our families, purchased homes and farms and property, and worked hard on everything that has come our way. It may not always be the easier route, and many think it’s the crazier route.  But, for us, it’s the right route. :)

So…now…Someday for the winery has arrived! Someday has turned into Today. It’s a little overwhelming and a little weird to find ourselves here…but, we’re excited and ready to go.

We appreciate everyone who has shown interest in our venture over the years, and for those who have provided support along the way. Thank you and we hope to share a couple glasses of wine in the near future!  My littlest helper is sitting on a whole bunch of wine ready to be opened!

 

 

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We Picked...and Picked...and Picked some more!

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We wrapped up our harvest season a couple weeks ago, and are happy to say it was a great success!  It was a good year for our vineyard, both in quantity (pounds of grapes) and quality of the fruit.  We had more than expected in all but one of our varieties.  So, with the start-up of our commercial winery, the extra weight of grapes had us scrambling to order more tanks to store the wine!

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With our big step into producing our own wine, we also had to quickly learn how to assemble and maneuver a lot of new equipment.  Instead of hauling our picked grapes to a winery as in previous years, we had to crush our grapes and start fermentation or crush and immediately press the grapes and transfer into tanks. Our learning curve was time-sensitive, because as soon as we had a handle on one variety, the next variety was ready to be picked! :-)  So, let's just say we learned VERY QUICKLY (literally) how to get this process started!  There may have been one night that my mom and I stayed up the entire night (seriously...an all-nighter...sun down to sun up) as we finished pressing a large quantity of white grapes.  Though it was necessary, we probably will try not to make a habit out of it. ;-)

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However, amongst all of the planning, the rushing, the work, and the amount of unknowns, we are in production! :-)  Our grapes are harvested and our wine is in tanks...and, we are preparing to launch our product soon!  Stay tuned as we get our marketing efforts and web presence up and going, and line up our plan for getting our finished product to you. :-) Cheers!  

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