Vines to Wines-- Begins in March of 2013

Just featured in Sunset Magazine. Learn to be a winemaker with Fjellene Cellars "Vines to Wines" program.

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DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE VINES TO WINES PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE 2013 SEASON.  WE TRULY APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS HAS CAUSED.

 

Want to learn to be a winemaker? Fjellene Cellars is proud to introduce the exclusive new "Vines to Wines" program. This great new program lets grape lovers and budding enophiles create their own case of wine over the course of four visits to Walla Walla vineyard country. Program enrollment is now open but space is very limited.

How much does it cost?

Your vines to wines experience costs $700, this includes:

  • 4 days alongside winemaker Matthew Erlandson in the vineyard and the winery
  • Guest experts, including geogolgists, vineyard managers, other area winemakers and soil specialists
  • Catered lunches in the vineyard
  • The case of Fjellene Cellars Estate Wine that you create

What will you learn?

We detail the winemaking process from beginning to end, but also focus on vineyard management. I’ve invited geologists and soil specialists to talk about soil quality—here, it has a chalky minerality that gets reflected in the wines. You will get to take their own case home at the end, so they can taste how the wine changes over time.

What’s the coolest thing you'll do?

Harvest. From sampling fruit to checking its pH and Brix levels to squishing it between your fingers, bringing in the grapes that will be made into wine is really special.

When is the best time for a visit?

End of September through October. Fruit is ripening, so there’s the whole romance thing, with the green vines and the purple fruit.

Program Dates and Schedules:

THE VINES TO WINES PROGRAM WILL START IN MARCH OF 2013

March 2, 2013

  • Learn about 1st phase of vineyard management: pruning shoots, soil/tissue sampling, and fertigation of vineyard.
  • Preparing/ testing wines in barrel for bottling
  • Topping wines in cellar

June 1, 2013

  • Bottling Wines
  • 2nd Phase of vineyard management; shoot thinning, spraying vineyard, and pest mitigation
  • Topping wines in cellar
  • Talk with Soil Specialist
  • Meet with other Vineyard Manager(s) from the Walla Walla Valley

September 7, 2013

  • Preparing equipment for harvest
  • Sampling fruit from the vineyard for pH, Brix, TA, and taste
  • Topping wines in cellar
  • 3rd phase of vineyard management; maintaing ripeness; leaf thinning, managing clusters, and spraying as needed.

November 2, 2013

  • Maintaing vineyard to maximize ripeness of fruit
  • Cleaning/ Prepping barrels
  • Cleaning equipment for harvest
  • Crushing fruit
  • Fermenting lots
  • Inoculating must for primary fermentation
  • Pressing lots to barrel
  • Inoculating must in barrels for secondary fermentation
  • Topping wines in cellar

You are welcome but are in no way obligated to attend all sessions. 

Although dates will not change, certain items on the "syllabus" may be altered due to unforseen circumstances.  Farming and winemaking practices are dependant on Mother Nature and are carried on accordingly.  There is always something to do in or around the winery and vineyard and your time spent on the grounds will surely be memorable.

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