If you have visited our Keuka Lake tasting room recently, you might have noticed some activity on the slopes behind the building. We cleared the slope and have planted over 6,000 Riesling and Chardonnay vines on 5.5 acres overlooking the lake.
Our vineyard team used GPS and laser technology to plant the vines precisely in line to allow for optimal maintenance.
The steep slope will allow maximum sunlight to reach the approximately 4,000 Riesling vines and over 2,000 Chardonnay vines. The clones that were planted are Riesling 198 and Chardonnay Colmar and 95.
According to Winemaker Morten Hallgren, the trellis posts and wires will be installed within the next month; plastic growth tubes were placed around the vines over the past couple of weeks. The tubes help train the vines to grow straight and also protect from animals which might try to eat the new growth.
It will be several years before any grapes from this new vineyard find their way into our bottles, but visitors are always welcomed to stop by to see how the vines are progressing and taste through our delicious wines.