April 23, 2013
Season 2: Dormant Vines
On April 23, 2013, the winemaking team from Villa Bellangelo visited with Jeff Morris, owner of Glenora Farms and Morris Vineyards. Compared to the 2012 vintage, 2013 has gotten off to a bit of a late start, but Jeff assured us, it is closer to a normal year than 2012. The beneficial point to a cool spring, where the vines are still dormant, is the fact that without bud break having occurred, there is reduced risk of frost damage. Jeff also discusses a new Muscat vineyard he will be planting, and offers us a glimpse of the vines before they are planted.
September 9, 2013
Season 2: Crush - Day 1
In our constant pursuit of fine artisan winemaking that seeks to maximize the expression of our pristine region, Bellangelo has set out to craft its first ever sparkling wine. Made from Chardonnay vines that were planted in the 1970's from grafts of the original Charles Fournier vineyards in the Finger Lakes, these grapes are grown by Jeff Morris on one of the oldest blocks in his vineyard, located a few hundred meters from the lake on the sloping hills of the west side of Seneca Lake.
Once the grapes reached the winery, which is about 4 miles from the vineyard site, we conducted a whole cluster press, and separated the soft press juice from the harder press juice. The soft press will ultimately become the sparkling wine that we anticipate releasing in 2016, on the 150th anniversary of the first plantings at Bellangelo by Dr. Byron Spence.
September 19, 2013
Season 2: Crush - Seyval Blanc Harvest