This is an exciting time of the year. The harvest is just around the corner and we are already making new wine. We will be getting some grapes from a winery near Keyser, WV as well as from a grower near Moorefield. We will supplement with juice as usual.
In early June, I started two large batches of wine, one of Rustic Red and one of Riesling. Those two are our best sellers and I wanted to make sure we didn't run out. Unfortunately, we have run our of the Ruby Red and the Chardonel. So, yesterday I started a 120 gallons of Chardonel and 100 gallons of a new wine I'm calling "Berry Red". It is a blend of Rougeon grape and blackberry juice (60/40). It will be a sweet wine. You can really taste the blackberry juice flavors coming through in the juice. I expect both of these wines to be ready by Christmas time and I hope you are looking forward to trying "Berry Red".
As for the rest of this year's harvest. I am planning to make more of the Ruby Red, Vidal Blanc, Rustic Red and Classic Red, and we are thinking of adding a Moscato. Winemaking season is the best time of the year.