You will have the opportunity to pick grapes from a
Finger Lakes vineyard and participate in all stages of wine making,
Grape Picking You will roam the vineyard and pick enough grapes to ultimately make your 2013 wine vintage
Crushing Once you pick what you need you will then participate in crushing and de-stemming the grapes into a mash.
Pressing (whites) You will next press this mash into clean juice and add the yeast and other necessary ingredients (must).
Fermentation (whites) At
this point in the wine making process the must will need time (several
weeks) to complete the conversion from grape juice to wine. This will
occur under our watchful eyes in our company wine cellar.
Fermentation (red) At
this point in the wine making process the mash will need time (several
weeks) to complete the full conversion to wine. This will occur under
our watchful eyes in our company wine cellar.
Pressing (red) After
the initial fermentation (primary) of about one week, you will then
press this mash into must which will then continue to ferment (secondary
fermentation) for several weeks.
Fining On two occasions
over the following several months you will return to our wine cellar to
transfer your wine to a clean vessel (rack) and check the progress of
Bottling This final stage includes transferring
your wine from vessels to individual bottles (.750 L.), capping your
bottles, and affixing your personalized labels.
Enjoy Your Wine Whether you enjoy it alone or share with family and friends, you will have bragging rights... You are now a home wine maker!