New Year, New Beginnings at Creekbend Vineyard

Post by Bernie Parker, Vineyard Manager

Happy New Year! 2010 will be one of my most exciting years yet. We have some really exciting projects in the works this year not the least is planting more than 15 acres of vines. This will bring our Creekbend Vineyard up to 50 acres. The new planting will consist of some of our favorite varieties like Catawba, Chambourcin and Vignoles. We also will be planting a brand new variety called Crimson Cabernet which was developed by Davis Viticulture Research. This variety promises to give us a great new red wine which will be reminiscent of its main parent, Cabernet Sauvignon, and be an awesome addition to the Creekbend line.

Another challenge for the beginning of 2010 is finding a new Assistant Vineyard Manager. Tim Fulton has gone back to his first love of parks and rec management with the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department. We wish him the best of luck and look forward to seeing him at the skating rink. We started the search this year and are looking for someone who loves wine, working hard and playing hard. If you are that person or know of one check out the job posting.

The vineyard is still busy. Though the vines are sleeping we continue to prepare them for the 2010 season. Pruning started in Dec and will be finished (hopefully) by March. During this time we take the vines from a jungle:

down to the bare bones that starts the season.

Our crew works in all sorts of weather including frigid temps down to 15 degrees and even in the snow, as long as it’s not going sideways. We have also planted a forest of posts around the vineyard for the new trellis’. This will prepare us for planting the new vines in April.

We hope you have a great 2010 and will make time to come out to see our beautiful vineyard and try the great Creekbend wines that Dennis and his crew craft.

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