THE VINEYARD OPENS SEPTEMBER 2
GREAT CROP THIS YEAR!

 

U-Pick Grape Prices for Fall 2016

We have a large crop this year and want to pass some of Natures Bounty on to our customers.

Over 20% discounts with large volumes on last year's prices.

 

Our grape prices are designed for winemakers. Just a few more bushels at every level can increase your discount. Friends can join together to get a better rate.  Every visit to the vineyard this year will decrease your cost.   

 

1 to 20 lb  Table Grapes .95
20 to 60 lb  2-5 gallons wine .90
60lb - 1.5 bushel  4-5 gallons wine .85
120lb - 3 bushel  8-10 gallons wine .80
 200lb - 5 bushel 13-20 gal wine .75
 300lb - 7-8 bu 19-25 gal wine .70
 400lb - 10 bu 25-35 gal wine .65
 500lb - 13 bu 30-45 gal wine .60 
 600lb - 15 bu 40-50 gal wine .55
 1000lb - 25 bu  65-90 gal wine .50

 

 The above gallon rates are based on 12lb/gallon of wine.

For white wine you may need about 14 -16 lb/gallon.

 

Click here to see what is ripe this weekend....

 

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New Section!

(each newsletter will focus on a different variety)

 

Varietal Focus on "FRONTENAC"

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red-grape2-s Ripens mid September  --  A new hardy red wine variety from Minnessota- very popular with winemakers, has a slight "cherry" overtone.


redwine-icon  Usage Notes  -- Frontenac makes a big, red wine whose aroma and flavor are dominated by cheery notes, with lesser hints of blackcurrant and general red fruit.Other flavors noticed are notes of grass, green bean, evergreen, tar, and even chocolate.

 

The main consideration in making Frontenac wine is the high initial acidity, which should be lowered in making most wine styles.  This is usually done by:  adding water to dilute, malolactic fermentation, adding potassium bicarbonate, and chill proofing to remove excess tartaric acid. All 4 practices may sometimes be needed. (some text is from Mitchell Vineyard)

 

Some very good Frontenac winemaking recipes are on the Mitchell Vineyard website....

 

"The Straight Talk On Acid Testing Wine" from E. C. Kraus...

 

More on our Frontenac Grape Info Page...

Click here for Frontenac winemaking info .....

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(Turn your audio up to hear the bird alarms - it sounds like a jungle) 

 

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Pat feeds the birds up at our house - we even have some nice new hummingbird feeders.


We love to see birds, BUT NOT IN THE VINEYARD!   Click here to see how we keep the birds out....