This week has been the BIGGEST at the winery to date – our 2016 Season of wine making has finally begun. After months of discussing, planning, researching, changing our minds, and more discussing, we now can proudly say our wines have begun fermentation.
Introducing [the beginnings of] our 2016 Line-up:
Brianna – This sweet, fruity white wine with hints of pineapple and tropical fruits has won our hearts and earned itself a ‘permanent’ place on our shelves. While supply was difficult to find this year, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
Frontenac Gris – This juice came as a last minute surprise for us from Hinterland Vineyards in Clara City, MN (Thanks Aric and Aftan!) This ‘gray’ grape comes from the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center and produces a golden color, light, refreshing, and mildly fruity semi-dry wine. We’re hoping you love it as much as we have!
Catawba – This red grape – one of the earliest in American wine making dating back to at least the 1800s - produces an intensely fruity sweet rose that goes perfectly with a hot summer afternoon on the porch swing.
Raspberry and Cherry – These two fan favorites will make a comeback in next season’s line-up to provide those fun fruity flavors perfect for a sangria or summer bbq!
Apple – Picture this: Your favorite worn-in pair of jeans and flannel shirt, the crisp smell of fall leaves and harvest in the air, enjoying the last bonfire of the season with your favorite friends and family and a glass of apple wine to top it off! We’re sure this will be a big it for all you fall lovers like me to enjoy year ‘round!
Marechal Foch – Named after a prominent French soldier in World War I, this versatile red grape offers full body and great fruity flavors with only a hint of ‘earthy’.
Frontenac – Also from Hinterland Vineyards (and originally released by the U of M as well), this full bodied semi-dry red wine round out our offerings with hints of black current and cherry flavors.
We’re also working on a couple blends, to be announced soon! Can’t give away all the goodies right away (truth be told – we’re still working on the clever names for them all)!
Our tanks came in yesterday, and we spent all night taking off the MANY layers of packaging so they could be assembled, sterilized, and filled! Check out these beauties!
This weekend’s goals: Finish septic system and continue work on HVAC, lights, and, of course, the wine!
Preston and Amber both grew up on farms in Northwest Iowa. They share a passion for the outdoors and enjoy taking on new projects to see what adventures will be discovered. As high school sweethearts, they attended Iowa State University together, and now are continuing to pursue their dreams at Backcountry Winery.