Winter on the vineyard

Although most of Canada experienced winter with a capital ‘W’ this year, we actually got off pretty lucky here on the west coast with more sunshine than usual and relatively mild weather. For a few days, however, we were able to get a taste of winter when it offered us a light dusting of snow…

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The vines are in their winter slumber, which means that for us,  winter is the most relaxed time of year. But, in a few weeks time we’ll be back to work, beginning with the winter pruning.

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With our break from work out on the vineyard, now is the perfect time to get to some much needed work done on the actual winery!  In the spirit of the ranch and in order to keep my grandfather’s existing horse arena, we have decided to renovate the existing building and convert it into our winery. Along the entire 200 foot length of the building, there runs a lean-to. This lean-to used to house a number of horse stalls, but now it sits mainly empty.  The layout and positioning of this lean-to is actually perfect for our winery and tasting room! We would have to reconstruct this section in order to ensure it is sealed and completely separated from the larger horse arena (horses and wine making don’t mix!), but we intend to reclaim as much wood as we can and use reuse it in our tasting room and the winery.

Horse area, with the lean-to (our future winery!) on the right of the building

Horse area, with the lean-to (our future winery!) on the right of the building

We’ve taken the measurements and have decided we’ll need to widen this section a few feet and raise the roof on the lower end a bit, but otherwise it is perfectly suited for a winery! This upcoming year, we will give the face of the arena a much needed paint job and begin tearing down the lean-to in order to begin construction in 2015.

Checking out and measuring the space for our future wine making facility

Checking out and measuring the space for our future wine making facility

Side view of the future winery

Side view of the future winery

We intend to have our tasting room at the front (approximately from the front to the white door seen above) with an extended outdoor patio for clients to enjoy a glass of wine and a little bite to eat. The working winery will be the remaining part of the building that runs from the white door all the way to the back.

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We are still working on the blueprints and have a lot to research and consider. But, we are slowly getting there… By next year, things will begin to look a lot different!

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