The Winemaking Process
Deciding how to handle the grapes once we get them to the winery is sometimes called “philosophy” by the wine illuminati. As a Farmer John (not born into or uber-educated in growing grapes or making wine), it is a matter of what is practical and appropriate for each particular grape from each particular vintage. The choices are bewildering (over 1,000 different options and counting), but being out there with the vines on a daily basis gives us lots of little hints, taking some of the guesswork out of the equation.
Putting in the time and doing the research in the vineyard really pays off in the winery. The equipment available in the wine world keeps getting more fantastic, complicated and specialized. Looking to and connecting with the past is what works for us. Sophisticated doesn’t mean complicated; it means simple and elegant. For example, using a bucket instead of a pump, paying attention instead of relying on a computer, and treating all things gently and with care. The way things were done two or three generations ago are still appropriate today, maybe more so.
Simple and appropriate are the foundation. We strive to cultivate a quiet wisdom in order to make the right choices.
Oak Barrel Aging
Packaging and Final Quality Inspection