Have you ever wondered about the process it takes to get the wine you’re drinking from the vineyard and into the bottle? Does the artistry of winemaking fascinate you? Or have you thought to yourself, “How much work does it take to run a vineyard?”
In response to these questions, Tim and Kelly Hightower, the winemakers of Hightower Cellars, began hosting a series of hands-on discussions about the winemaking process out of the tasting room on March 11th. This first event covered pruning vines at the beginning of the season. Attendees joined Tim and Kelly on the vineyard as they demonstrated how to prune a vine and explained the significance of pruning to the winemaking process. Then participants got to try pruning a vine for themselves, after which the group did a barrel tasting of prior year’s wine made from the same vines.
It was a blustery day, but our attendees had a great time learning about this aspect of the winemaking process. In fact, they enjoyed pruning the vines so much that we had a hard time getting them all to come inside for our barrel tasting! Conversation and wine flowed, friendships were made, and fun was had by all.
We are looking forward to our next Winemaker Session on April 22nd, which will cover the art of crafting a blend. Attendees will learn about flavor and textural balance in wine, as well as the unique process that Tim and Kelly go through to create their blends each year and then try making a blend themselves.
If this interests you, email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and to purchase tickets.