Monday, December 30, 2013

The new construction and views

+Edward Demello

It is almost a New Year, and this is what we have been doing.

Nestled by a spring on a willow lined hill on Quicksburg Road, we broke ground on a wine tasting site about a month ago.  We now have almost finished the structure of the wine tasting room.   It is going to be a rustic, cozy place with views all around of the winery, historic Third Hill, and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The establishment will be set up for private tastings and an event room upstairs. This place will have the potential to be an amazing venue.  We are still settling on a name for the tasting room
.  We are hoping to be open for business in the fall of 2014.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fall is here! The harvest was awesome!

The view

Fall is here and the harvest has been our best! 

Petit Verdot

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Petit Verdot

42 lugs

The petit verdot was more plentiful than expected with voluptuous fruit.

Monday, September 17, 2012

A lug.

A bunch just hanging around.

The Viognier has been harvested -25 lugs! A little more than last year.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

DeMello Vineyards CA - VA

The DeMello family is just about to pick their third harvest. Because of farming hardships such as critters and Virginia weather, it has been a trial and error journey. It hasn't been easy starting from the ground up and I mean literally.

The DeMello family moved to the Shenandoah Valley, VA from CA to grow grapes.  I know....crazy, right?  They bought 20 acres with a view then started cultivating their land and planting grapes on six of those acres.  In 2006 they started with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Viognier and added Syrah, Petit Verdot, and Riesling as the years went by.

They just bottled their last years Viognier harvest and have about 70 gallons of Cab-Sauv to bottle soon.
Tomorrow they are going to harvest their Riesling for the first time!

This vineyard is on its way to success, because only hard work leads to success.  Ed DeMello had no idea it was going to be a full time job.  The first year they were ready to harvest, the grapes were taken by the birds, so needless to say there has been disappointments.

Wendy and Ed have worked hard and have a great vision for a nice winery and tasting room (breaking ground next year!)  They feel very fortunate to have such welcoming Virginian neighbors who have shed light on farming in VA soil, the weather conditions, and not to mention the pulverizing insects.  There have been many people who have let Ed and Wendy pick their brains about the wine process and have donated their time to help them harvest.  They are ever so grateful and despite all the hard work they are having a blast being wine makers and Virginia residents.