UNH Extension Field Specialist George Hamilton discussed the importance of and best techniques to calibrate air blast sprayers. Hamilton spoke to a room full of farmers at the USDA FSA headquarters in Warwick, RI. [Read more…]
LANCASTER, PA—The 3rd Annual Eastern Winery Exposition (EWE), which will take place March 3-6 at the Lancaster County Convention Center in downtown Lancaster, PA, has sold out 249 booth spaces with 179 exhibiting companies. The trade show and conference is sponsored by Wines & Vines and supported by 18 other organizations and associations. [Read more…]
Sometimes, things really do seem to make sense. In the case of Branchport, NY’s Clearview Farms, its name makes perfect sense because of the spectacular, clear view that you have of Keuka Lake’s west branch, part of the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York. As you look out across this area from the Tones family farm, the rolling hills reveal farm after farm with fields bearing vineyards, each filled with rows of grapes ready for harvest. Along with the grapes are forested acreage and pasturelands covered with alfalfa, destined for cutting as haylage or hay.
It has been a long time coming, but the expansion of the vineyard at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello near Charlottesville, VA is currently underway with the addition of approximately three acres of Pinot Noir grape vines at Montalto, a 482-acre property previously known as Brown’s Mountain, a parcel once purchased by Jefferson in1777. Following Jefferson’s death and the passing of the property to his heirs, the property was sold and bought several times over the years. In the early 1900s, a dwelling was built on the site by then-owner James Addison Patterson. The house was given the distinctive name, “Repose.” Following Patterson’s death in 1931, the property changed hands several times and has since been used for various purposes including residential rental units and a visitor’s attraction. Ultimately, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation acquired the property, returning it to its original name, Montalto. [Read more…]
When Nick and Happy Smith purchased a 58-acre property in Stonington, CT, they were moving from a fast-paced corporate world to a completely different world: farming. Smith’s dream was to make his own wine and he set out to do just that.
The property included a small vineyard with five wine grape varieties commonly grown in the region. When winemaker Mike McAndrew joined the Smiths in 1987, the same year Stonington Vineyards was established, he decided that two varieties would suffice. [Read more…]
The owner (along with his wife Jane) and winemaker at Rockbridge Vineyard, Rouse has been making wine in Virginia since 1986, producing his own Virginia wines since 1992.
Inspired by German Eisweins, Rouse has been making a cryogenic ice wine since opening his winery — 20 vintages this year. Recent vintages have typically been an equal blend of Riesling, Vidal Blanc, Vignoles and Traminette.
by Melissa Piper Nelson
How do you communicate your key business message to customers? Many people just starting out in business question how to get their main selling points across to each of their target audiences and through today’s multiple media platforms.
The main point of identifying target audiences (different consumers in age, identity, ethnicity, location, etc.), is to convert prospects into buying customers. [Read more…]
Everything is ready for the greatest exhibition in the wine business.
More than two weeks time before the launching of the exhibition, the number of professional visitors has increased by more than 50% compared to last year.
The World Bulk Wine Exhibition will be held on the coming 25th and 26th of November at Amsterdam’s RAI