Ken Canaiolo Engebretsen
President of the Norwegian Sommelier Association
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When our family purchased the property in 2011, there was 1 acre of Baco Noir on the property. From what we know, it had been planted about 5 to 6 years earlier by the previous owner. Those vines can be seen here, in the foreground. The prepped land will be planted with a selection of grapes. Looking south, the Millennium Trail is in the background where you see the hydro line.
On this land, and with a little help by Wes Wiens of Vinetech, we decided to plant what the county is known for — Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We also planted a smaller portion of Riesling and some test rows of Marechel Foch, Geisenheim, Cab. Franc and Gewürztraminer. Here are some of the grapes soaking to activate their roots.
2012 proved to be a year of contrasts with a wet spring and a dry summer. Still, most of the grapes took well! Here, Matthias, our winemaker is looking over the grapes at the start of the process of training them to their posts. We'll put up the trellis system next year once they've established themselves.
It's been quite a journey thus far!
All this started a few years ago, after a weekend visit to the county and the purchase of a plot of land in the heart of wine country. An existing 1 acre plot of Baco Noir grapes fermented the idea of maybe planting more. Then, with the encouragement of neighbours Jonas and Kimbal—of Hinterland Wine Company and Lacey Estates, respectively—we decided to take it a step further and start a winery.
2012 saw the planting of 2 acres of vinifera vines, mainly Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with a bit of Gamay for good measure. In 2013, 3 acres of additional clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were planted. Once these vines fully mature in a few years, we'll have about 7 acres under vine.That, complemented with grapes from quality growers in the PEC and Niagara region will provide us with the range we need to craft wines with character, as expressed in the fruit and soil from which they come.
Its no secret that Prince Edward County is a great area for wine and we couldn't be happier to be a part of it! Enjoy the area's sights and many restaurants. We trust you'll love it as we do.
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