Every vine, grape, variety, vineyard, vintage and wine has their own story. In 2009 I began writing mine.  In 2015 I planted 7000 vines on 5 acres on the Old Mission Peninsula AVA located just north of Traverse City, MI.  My journey as a farmer, grower, worker has only made me more passionate for viticulture.  Follow my journey through pictures on Instagram as I cultivate my own label

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Achrimère

 2015 - PLANTING
5 acres ready
5 acres ready

Prep for 7000 vines completed on Old Mission Peninsula ready to plant after alternating sorghum and rye for 7 years. Fertilized and rocks hand picked off of property in Spring, followed by deep tilling to break up soil below.

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Chardonnay & Pinot Gris
Chardonnay & Pinot Gris

7000 vines attached to rootstock for vineyard. Soaked for 24 hrs before planting. Vitis Riparia rootstock keeps vineyard-destroying phylloxera out. Differing rootstock can help control vigor based on soil type, as well.

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Pinot Gris
Pinot Gris

Walking through the vineyard in early November, I picked this tiny bunch of fully ripe Pinot Gris. Sweet and beautiful bounty. Fin 2015

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5 acres ready
5 acres ready

Prep for 7000 vines completed on Old Mission Peninsula ready to plant after alternating sorghum and rye for 7 years. Fertilized and rocks hand picked off of property in Spring, followed by deep tilling to break up soil below.

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2016 - TRELLISING
A new year, new plants
A new year, new plants

The year begins with pruning back to year one. The vineyard absorbed some serious hail in the previous year. This meaning they got a bit damaged. In order to avoid vulnerablility to disease, the pruning had to be extreme. In addition, it is time to plant 200 new vines to finish 'unfinished' rows.

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lining them up
lining them up

Planting 180 Chardonnay and 20 Pinot Gris to finish the rows. Lined up with flags to make sure the layout was exact.

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The Wine Associate
The Wine Associate

The vineyard caretaker, post irrigation fixes and reset.

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A new year, new plants
A new year, new plants

The year begins with pruning back to year one. The vineyard absorbed some serious hail in the previous year. This meaning they got a bit damaged. In order to avoid vulnerablility to disease, the pruning had to be extreme. In addition, it is time to plant 200 new vines to finish 'unfinished' rows.

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2017 - 1ST HARVEST
2017 Begins - Budbreak
2017 Begins - Budbreak

This is the year that I will harvest for the first time. I will sell all the grapes to a winery up the road if all goes well.

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2017 - The vines wake up
2017 - The vines wake up

This is a full vineyard shot of the vines at budbreak

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Winter Aging
Winter Aging

The chardonnay sits in neutral oak for a bit for the 2Lads Chardonnay

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2017 Begins - Budbreak
2017 Begins - Budbreak

This is the year that I will harvest for the first time. I will sell all the grapes to a winery up the road if all goes well.

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