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Grapes are Ready for Pickin'!

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Once again, we find ourselves ready to pick some grapes!  The vineyard growing season continues to fly by every year, and as we blink, the grapes are ready and ripe for picking!LaCrescent 8-9-11

We will be picking grapes this Sunday, 8/30, starting at 8AM.  If you'd like to experience the harvest, get some fresh air, earn a little extra cash, or enjoy some company with fellow pickers, please join us!  We will paying pickers $3/bin. Please contact us at info@glynmawr.com or message us at our Facebook page if you have any questions.  We're looking forward to a great 2015 harvest!

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Behind the Scene...

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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!

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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!

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Heard it Through the Grapevine...Glyn Mawr Harvest 2014 is Here! :)

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Our blog has not been as active this year, but rest assured, our efforts in the vineyard do not reflect the same! :)  After a LONG winter with little to no action of bud break, it was then like a shot was fired and our grapes took off!  And, we've been chasing them down since then. We were initially 4-5 weeks behind schedule, but the grapes have fully ripened and their sugar levels are increasing everyday.  The bird activity is always an indicator of ripeness, so when the birds start to linger, we are putting on our bird netting.  With our vines pruned and our netting on, we are ready for our harvest season.  We also keep a well-maintained and groomed vineyard, so it is very picker-friendly. :)

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As we prepare for our first picking weekend this Saturday, here are the details for Glyn Mawr Harvest 2014:

  • We will begin our harvest Saturday, August 30, 7AM-Noon. Following harvest weekends will be listed the beginning of each  week through the month of September.
  • Please bring your own lunch or snacks. 
  • We will be paying pickers $3/lug (approx. 30/lb per lug)
  • Our vineyard is located at 1618 Hwy. 38, Olin, IA (residence of Dale and Brenda Broulik.) Please call Anna (319-210-4401) or Brenda (319-480-2070) or email us at glynmawr@gmail.com to let us know if you can join us or if you have any other questions!

We welcome YOU and are looking forward to a great harvest season and seeing some familiar and new faces in our vineyard!

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Winter...Winter...Winter...SUMMER! Where did Spring go??!! :)

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Welcome back again to another vineyard season at Glyn Mawr Vineyard!  After such a long and record-breaking cold winter, our spring season went by like a blink of an eye, and we are now sitting in summer-like conditions in our vineyard!  Now, I will first say, we are definitely NOT complaining that summer has finally arrived.  Our vines were dormant for so long, we were wondering when we would finally see bud break.  And, we are excited to work in warm conditions...that almost always beats layering on the coveralls on fighting the winds! :)20140418_155002[1]

But, a short spring means less time to prepare for playing catch-up when our vines start to grow.  Because, when they start to grow, there's no stopping them and my mom and I just try to master the art of maintaining the chaos! In the spring, we prune our dormant vines, and apply a lime sulfur spray as a preventative for several types of fungus.  We also try to get to any trellis system maintenance, which usually involves hammering in loose staples, replacing any old or broken posts, and tightening the trellis wires.  We also have to pick up all of the prunings out of the vineyard, and prepare to tackle weed control within our rows.  That may sound like a short list, but when you have 1100 vines spread over 2.3 acres...it just seems to always take longer than we plan. :)

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But, as we enter June, our vines are really looking healthy this year!  We were unsure how this winter would affect our vines, but all varieties had very little winter kill. Overall, each variety is sporting its best spring appearance this year!! :)  Time will tell how this season's crop load will look, so we'll just do our best managing the vineyard and enjoying our "therapy" time out there working! I have included some spring vineyard pics when our vines were still dormant and we were pruning and applying lime sulfur. 'Til next time!

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Another Harvest in the Books :)

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We had some hot weather as we entered this year's harvest, and then ended with some rain and cooler weather...but, the pickers still came! :)  We weren't sure who would brave the last day as it basically poured on us in the morning, but we have great friends, family, and acquaintances who still came with their ponchos and rain gear and got to work!Netting and Elec Fence More Help

We had some very quality grapes come out of our vineyard this year...the hot weather late really made the sugars develop, and overall the grapes were very good...we sampled many as we picked them!

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I just wanted to take a little time to showcase some of our photos and memories from this year's harvest...in no particular order.  I know I've said it before, but we are in good company and really, really appreciate the support of our friends, neighbors and family!  They come rain or shine and help us bring in our crop.

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We sold all of our grapes again this year to a local winery, and they will have this year's vintage ready to sell in the next year.  Some of the wines may even debut in 2015, depending on the winery's inventory and their use of the grape.

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We are not licensed to sell wine at this time, but you better believe we are still cranking out some home wine to sample!  We love working with grapes and making different wines, and love to give out bottles for our friends and family to try.  We usually don't get too many complaints from people getting free wine...I wonder why?? :)

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We hope you enjoy a peek at some of our moments in the vineyard this year!  If you ever have any questions about our vineyard, or grapes or vineyards in general, don't hesitate to contact us anytime!

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We will update you on our wine efforts this fall, and our preparation for next season!  We just added a shiny new wine-press to our collection of equipment this fall...it's working quite well as I even had my 5-year old manning the press action for a while! :)  

Thanks again...'til next time!

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