750 vines planted! Thank you to all who helped for we could not have done
it without you!
is activity on some of the vines. "Bud Swell" is occurring, which means the
planting went well and the vines are beginning to grow.
vineyard now has a tractor for mowing and various other duties. Sue and
Jeff are doing their best Eddie Albert imitations because, after all, Blue
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Founders Club members who helped plant this year, you'll be happy to know
that your efforts are a complete success! We are very close to 100%
survival on vines planted. Mom Nature has been doing her part, as well,
with plenty of moisture. We'll see what the summer brings.
news in the wine competition arena! Jeff submitted two
reds and two whites into three competitions. His 'Big
Tuscan Red' won a bronze medal in the non-commercial 'Winemakers
International' competition held on the East Coast. In the
Central Illinois Winemaker's competition, his 'Big Tuscan Red',
Gewürztraminer, and Pinot Gris each took a bronze medal.
As for the Illinois State Fair non-commercial competition, his
Illinois grown 'Marechal Foch' took a Silver while his
Gewürztraminer took a Bronze.
vines are continuing to grow at a tremendous rate.
Abundant spring and early summer moisture, along with fertile
soils have gone a long way in helping our vineyard grow.
We also conducted a test run on setting some of the trellis
posts. 66 posts were set in the far block of vines.
Many thanks go out to those who helped out. Our plans are
to finish up the remainder of the vineyard trellis posts in
Star Vineyard now has a pole barn in which to store equipment.
Jeff and Sue wish to give Krause Buildings a big thank you on a
job well done. Pictures showing the barn's construction
progress are located in the photo gallery section within this
posts are in place and will hopefully settle in firmly over the
winter. Also, taking advantage of 'End of Season' sales,
the vineyard now has a 5 foot wide tiller the runs off the back
of the tractor. A useful tool for readying future vineyard