The Winemaker's Blog

Understanding Vines

Adam Cawrse - Thursday, April 04, 2013

 Hello everyone!

 We're often asked how much of our wine is produced from our own vines.  Until this year (our 4th year of operation), we've always had to say, "None."  We know, it's odd.  Our name is Paper Moon Vineyards and the vineyards are clearly visible from our porch.  However, like we were told so many times before we opened, fine wine takes time.  Grapevines do as well.  The first three years of vine growth is kind of like raising a child.  You prepare a nice spot to plant them, try to protect them from the cruel world (deer, insects, disease, sun damage, lack of water, too much water, etc), and give them nutrients to help them grow.  Much like a child wants to do everything his parents do before he's actually ready, a grapevine will try to grow fruit even though it's not ready.  Every spring, we have to be the mean parents and say, "NO!  You cannot grow grapes yet!"  We cut off the potential clusters and let them fall on the ground.  If allowed to produce fruit, the vine would use most of its energy in the grapes, rather than developing a solid root system or thickening it's trunk.  Alas, in their 4th year (typically), the vines have grown deep in the dirt, grown up 6 feet to our trellis wire, and show the maturity to produce fruit.  It was a proud day when we finally said, "Spread your wings!  Fly!  Grow grapes!"  Okay, we didn't actually say that, but we can tell you a portion of our production is now produced from our estate.  As the vines continue to develop, they'll produce a larger percentage of our production.  We're also happy to announce that Chambourcin from our own vines won something REALLY cool!  Read on to find out more.

God Bless,

Adam Cawrse

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