November 17th-19th around the world will be celebrating 2017’s new wine.
The French tradition is an early indicator of the quality of wine of this year’s vintage.
Nouveau wine is traditional made without crushing or pressing the grapes until the fermentation is complete inside the grape itself. A process called Carbonic Masceration.
A wild fruit and elderberry flavor resulted in the past when I followed these protocols. I didn’t like it.
So instead , the Massbach Nouveau represents the “free run” of Marquette and Foch grapes. The light pressing of the new grapes.
Enjoy our Nouveau wine that is light and and has magnificscent cranberry flavors.!
With November in full swing, I cannot help but to be very thankful for a bountiful harvest; the wonderful people that help us picked and everyone that is a fan of Massbach wines.
If you were out here this fall you may have seen our new addition shown in the picture.
“Red” joined the Massbach Winery family this year and proves that everyone gets tired during a long day of harvest – even puppies.
Now, let’s talk wine! New wines are settling in the tanks and barrels. We are getting a couple ready to bottle very soon.
Massbach Nouveau will be release November 17th- the traditional Nouveau weekend.
This is the second year I’ve used some Marquette grapes with Marechal Foch for the young wine. The wine has a beautiful rose’ color and has prominent cranberry aromas and flavors.
The second wine we are readying to bottle is a new batch of Massbach Reserve. After over a year in oak barrels, the Frontenac wine shows off chocolate and berry notes.
Join us for Nouveau weekend November 17th-19th to sample these and other estate wines.
See you soon,
I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!
Harvest is over and I enjoy working with the new wines but even more….
I love the fall temperatures and beautiful timbers!
Take a drive and see for yourself. Stop at Massbach or downtown Galena for a glass of wine and savor the beauty.
The most fun time of the year! And the busiest. The grapes have turned color and softened up. They are getting sweeter as I write this. And it’s time for the harvest to commence.
The aromas are spectacular as you walk through the vineyard. If you haven’t experienced it before, you have to come out during the first few weeks of September before all the grapes are picked. It’s an experience you don’t want to miss.
And of the course, the aromas throughout the winery smell of fermentation and new wine!
Marechal Foch is always the first grape to get picked in the Massbach vineyard. But before we finish with the many acres of Foch, we may move to my favorite grape, St. Pepin. St. Pepin takes priority for prime picking time. Next comes Vignoles, Frontenac and Concord.
Please join us soon to enjoy this harvest season and local wine!
Thank you friends,
What does veraison mean?
The grapes are turning color – from green to purple in the red varieties such as Foch and Frontenac. In the white varieties such as St. Pepin and Vignoles, the berries are starting to soften.
This means harvest is getting closer. 🙂
August 1st is typically the date for veraison and this year is no different. We can now be confident in making our harvest schedule starting on August 26th.
If you are interested in helping pick grapes, please call Megan or myself at 815-291-6700. It is a fun, exciting time!
All the best to you,
Spring has Sprung and Wine is in Bloom!
We are Celebrating Saturday with our annual Wine in Bloom Open House.
so Grab your family, Grab your friends and
Enjoy the scenery in Massbach!
See you there,
The vines are bursting with life and energy once again. The fresh green shoots are popping out showing off the tiny leaves and fruit that will soon form.
Each year in early spring, vines go through a process that leads up to this excited occasion. As warm weather inches its way towards spring, the newly pruned vines start to “bleed”. Water is being soaked up by the roots and starts running through the vines’ veins once again. Right where we have made a cut in the vine to control its fruit load, this semi-sweet water drips out. As temperatures rise more during these April days, the buds on the vines start to swell. Then the break; BUD BREAK!
We have had bud break in past years as early as the second week in April.
That is exciting to see the early growth but warrants worry for late spring frost. In Massbach, 2017’s vintage has escaped any spring frost (knock on wood).
Come out and see the new growth for yourself!
And, Celebrate Each Day!
Happy Spring to everyone!!! Pruning is done and the weather is warm so we are smiles:)
FYI: We will be closed Easter Sunday so that we may enjoy the holiday with our families.
Elizabeth White will have a new label displayed soon. The art contest produced a figure that makes you appreciate and contemplate the past and appreciate our current blessings. The wine is the new 2016 vintage and a little lighter than the previous year. It’s refreshingly sweet and fruity.
Seyval: the new 2016 vintage has been bottled and is on the shelf. I’m very happy with this wine. I recommend it with the white meats you will be putting on the grill or just to sip on the porch to celebrate the day.
Hope to see you soon,
Pruning= cutting 90% of a grapevine’s growth from last year to develop a balance between quantity and quality.
It’s SPRING! We are outside full-time during the month of March sculpting this year’s vintage of fruit.
Watch –Peggy Pruning a Frontenac plant
If the vines are left on their own, each vine will look more like a bush with all of last year’s buds growing another shoot. As a farmer, this sounds okay. More growth=more yield. BUT, the quality of fruit would be terrible.
Here are a few of the issues if the vine was left unpruned –
- Smaller bunches
- Too much vegitation keeps the fruit from getting sunlight
- Too much vegitation keeps moisture from dew and rain lingering too long promoting fungal growth… yuck
- The many, many small bunchs will not ripen before the leaves fall
TAKE HOME – No Pruning=Exponential Mess=Poor Wine Quality
Because of our committment to high quality wine, we take great care to created a quality/quantity balance on each vine. Yes, each vine. More fruiting buds will be left on a vigorous plant than one that show less growht fromthe previous years.
Well, enough yacking. I’m going outside!!
Take care friends and come out soon to see the manicured vineyard.