In the Vineyard - 2012 Web Series

"In the Vineyard" Series at Glenora Farms and Morris Vineyards

May 10, 2012

It was an usually mild winter in the the Finger Lakes, but a severe cold snap in late April, created a great deal of concern and damaged many vines. In early May, I drove a few miles down the road from our winery with Ian Barry, our winemaker at Villa Bellangelo, to visit Jeff Morris, owner of Glenora Farms. Jeff grows more than 128 acres of wine grapes, and supplies Villa Bellangelo with several varietals, including Muscat, Guwertztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Noir. Jeff drove us around his many vineyards as we examined how much damage the spring freeze caused, and discussed what he focuses on in his vineyards this time of year.

May 23, 2012

By late May, the fears of frosts had dissipated in the Finger Lakes, and the heavy warm air of summer had made its first springtime visits.  With temperatures unseasonably high, with several days in the upper 80’s, I returned to Glenora Farms as part of our project at Villa Bellangelo to track the 2012 vintages of our wine grape growers.  As the temperatures rise, the vines explode with energy and grow quickly.  Jeff and Laurie were kind enough to spend some time with Ian Barry and I, updating us on the labor demanded by the vines this time of year, as well as showing us their newly planted acreage of the Cayuga varietal.

June 28, 2012

In the third installment of our web series chronicling the progress of the 2012 vintage at Jeff Morris' vineyards, we spend some time with Jeff as he updates us on the tasks required by the vines in late June and early July, and learn what the terms "shatter" and "tucking" mean when it comes to vineyard management.  Jeff shares his views on how the vines are progressing this year and what that may mean for our 2012 wines!


July 26, 2012

May 23, 2012
As we continue to chronicle the 2012 vintage and its development at Jeff Morris', Glenora Farms, Ian Barry and I visited the vineyards to see how the vines were developing, receive an update as to what work was being done, and witness firsthand the development of the grapes that will go into our premium wines at Villa Bellangelo.  Today, we visited Jeff's Pinot Noir Vineyards, and spent some time looking at Jeff's Cabernet Franc as well.  We discuss summer pruning, leaf pulling, and witness the first signs of veraison.  We also discuss the notion of microclimates, and Jeff's extraordinary efforts with sustainable farming and grape growing.


August 26, 2012
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In this episode, we survey two of the vineyards that will be used in Villa Bellangelo's fine Finger Lakes wines.  With harvest approaching, little else needs to be said, as each passing day ripens the fruit and we all stand ready, to bring the best of the 2012 vintage back to the winery to be pressed and fermented.

August 28, 2012
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In one of our last visits with Jeff Morris of Glenora Farms before the grape harvest begins, Ian Barry and I spent some time in Jeff's Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer vineyards, sampling grapes, discussing the issues of birds and pests, and the uniqueness of the 2012 vintage so far.

August 31, 2012

On August 31, 2012, we received our first grapes of this vintage at Villa Bellangelo, a winery in the Finger Lakes, located on the west side of Seneca Lake.  In this video, we chronicle the day's events, from harvesting the grapes at Gibson Vineyards, to the crush operation at the winery.