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!!
Well the grapes have turned from green and lush to brown and dreary overnight. The seasons are changing! Be on the lookout for our soft opening party early 2019 and our planting party in March.
We are thankful to have received our winery permit from TABC this month! We are even closer to opening and providing Livingston and East Texas with all their TX wines. Remember to buy local and support small businesses this holiday season. Small businesses are the bread and butter of the American Dream. It’s easy to succumb to the ease of Amazon, but take the extra time to share an experience with your loved ones, explore our great state and support the little guys. There are lots of TX vineyards and wineries around the state for you to try! Map of TX wineries
From our family to yours have a great Thanksgiving!
We had some family photos taken at the pond last week and I wanted to share for two reasons. One is to highlight just one of many places on the farm that are beautiful backdrops for wedding or family photos. The second is just to show off our handsome little guy! The floating dock on our pond is just one of our photo or wedding ceremony options.