We are so sad to go back and not working the farm every day. So much progress has been made, but with every small step we just see how much still needs to be done. The tasting room is coming together and harvest is around the corner! Love our view!!
In July we were so honored to be featured in the Summer Issue of the East Texan Magazine! Thank you so much for all the support you have us so far! We can not wait to open our doors in such a great place: Livingston & Polk County! We finished the deck on the front of the tasting room. It’s ready for some front porch sipping! Harvest is right around the corner at all the local Vineyards, so be on the lookout if you want to be a part of one.
We are finally out of school and get to be here all day every day. It’s hard work, but brings so much pride and happiness. It has been a busy month already! One of our longhorns, Nina, calved her second calf Santa Maria. She’s precious and spunky! The vines are growing SO much everyday that we can barely keep up. We also added two horses to our little herd, Princess Buttercup & Princess Sophia. The tasting room had been put on hold for a while due to planting and then us moving, but we are back to construction. The deck will be up by the end of the weekend then on to the inside and finishing touches.
May has brought a lot of growth to the vines! They are flourishing in the hot, sunny, Spring weather. All that new growth means pruning! We (Max always wants to help) are out pruning at least three days a week. We are not harvesting this year in order to give the vines another year of root and trunk development. The longer you wait the stronger your vines are. We prune off all the little clusters, but sometimes we miss one and they have a chance to develop a little further. It’s always fun to find cute little hidden cluster while working.
This has been a BIG month! We moved to the farm, from Houston, to be here full time. We originally didn’t plan on moving up for at least two more years, but more attention needed to be dedicated to the grapes and we genuinely love it here! Moving has demanded much of our attention, but everything is green and growing nicely. We also welcomed our new bull calf, Domino.
Planting Madness that is! All the new vines are in. It was hard work, but it’s so rewarding to watch them grow and bloom. The older vines are starting to pop out with the little taste of Spring they got over the past week as well. Tasting room was put on hold for planting, but is coming along. Keep checking back for updates and Grand Opening dates.
Love is in the air at Tempe Creek Vineyard…Love for the season that is! As we approach Spring we have been getting down to business in the Vineyard. Last weekend we pruned the vines and cut almost 200 clippings for propagation. We also installed all the posts for the next seven rows (300 vines) going in March 11-13.
We are well on our way to opening day! The outside of the tasting room is done and plumbing is installed. We are currently working on finishing up the inside of the tasting room and giving everything a paint job. We have started getting quite a few inquiries about the winery opening and venue rentals, which warms our heart! Keep checking back for an official opening date in March and feel free to email any questions.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season! We have been working hard on getting the tasting room ready and preparing for the new vines. Opening day is getting closer and closer. From our family to yours Happy New Year!!