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Cabernet Sauvignon Harvest 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon Harvest 2016

One last chance this year to harvest grapes! Our Cabernet Sauvignon harvest will be Saturday, September 3. How to Get There The vineyard is at 21724 Hill Road, Salado, TX, 76571. Exit 279 I-35 and we’re just a quarter mile up Hill Road on the east side of I-35. The vineyard is on the right […]


Halfway through Harvest 2016!

Halfway through Harvest 2016!

Hey there, I wanted to give you a quick report of how things are going around here.  I don’t have long–if you look closely at that picture, you’ll see that malbec there is about to “boil over” and ferment right on out of that barrel! This week I’ve got 1.5 tons of malbec fermenting from […]


Harvest 2016–UPDATED!

Harvest 2016--UPDATED!

The harvest season is already half over and our plans have changed some.  The chardonnay and the sangiovese was harvested July 30th.  The merlot harvest has been pushed back to August 13 and the Cabernet Sauvignon might be ready before Thanksgiving! Here is the plan as of August 1, 2016. How to Get There The […]


Harvest 2016

Harvest 2016

Make your Instagram friends super jealous! Come pick grapes with us at the Salado Winery Company vineyard. You can even eat some straight from the vine! How to Get There The vineyard is at 21724 Hill Road, Salado, TX, 76571. Exit 279 off I-35 and we’re just a quarter-mile up Hill Road on the East side of I-35. […]


Cabernet Sauvignon Harvest–August 22

Cabernet Sauvignon Harvest--August 22

Saturday, August 22nd at 7:00 am, this is the last bunch for the 2015 season, and we welcome you to join us! The vineyard is at 21724 Hill Road, Salado, TX, 76571. Wear sunscreen, bug spray and a big hat. If you have a favorite pair of pruners then bring them, but we’ll have plenty for […]


Harvest will (probably) continue Saturday, August 22, 2015

Harvest will (probably) continue Saturday, August 22, 2015

The most important wine making decision is “when to harvest?” At this point we have harvested 75% of the vineyard.  All that remains is the cabernet sauvingnon.  I went out and took a random sample yesterday, and what did I get?  Well, by the #’s, it looks fantastic!  Brix 24 degrees and pH 3.76, woohoo! […]


Harvest 2015 update

Harvest 2015 update

NO harvest on SUNDAY, AUG 9th So many fabulous friends showed up on Saturday, AUG 8, that we picked all of the merlot and sangiovese. All that remains is the cabernet sauvignon and not sure yet when we will harvest it as it is not quite ripe.


Harvest 2015 starts Aug 6

Harvest begins at our vineyard on Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 am and we welcome you to join us! The vineyard is at 21724 Hill Road, Salado, TX, 76571. Wear sunscreen, bug spray and a big hat.  If you have a favorite pair of pruners then bring them, but we’ll have plenty for you.  Dress […]


Mid-May 2015 in the vineyard

Mid-May 2015 in the vineyard

There was a break in the rain yesterday, so I went out and worked in the vineyard for a few hours.  I tucked vines up into the trellising, I pulled leaves in the fruit zone to improve air circulation, and I removed shoots that had little to no grapes on them as they are not […]


April 2015 in the Vineyard

April 2015 in the Vineyard

Me and my helper, #wineryboy are keeping a close eye on the grapes as they develop this spring.  We have received plenty of rain, so the vines are growing like crazy.  The grapes are just tiny little balls, preparing to bloom.  In another week or two, they will be tiny blossoms. Domesticated grapes self-pollinate, so […]


Halfway–more harvesting this Saturday August 23!

Halfway--more harvesting this Saturday August 23!

This is a picture of free run wine coming out of the press from yesterday.  I thought it would take one long day to press all the wine, but instead it TOOK 3 DAYS.  Yikes!  We start all over again pickin’, fermentin’ and pressin’ so come by and smell the brewing’ and wine makin’! Sangiovese […]


Harvest continues Saturday with MERLOT!

Harvest continues Saturday with MERLOT!

Harvest continues on Saturday, August 9th at 7 AM in our vineyard at 21724 Hill Road, Salado, TX.  Vineyard is very close to I-35, exit 279.  Everyone is welcome to join us! We recommend sunscreen, bug spray and a big hat. If you have a favorite pair of pruners then bring them, but we’ll have […]


Chardonnay Harvest on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

 Harvest begins at our vineyard on Wednesday, August 6th at 7:00 am and we welcome you to join us! The vineyard is at 21724 Hill Road, Salado, TX, 76571. Wear sunscreen, bug spray and a big hat.  If you have a favorite pair of pruners then bring them, but we’ll have plenty for you.  Dress […]


Trying to Predict Harvest

Trying to Predict Harvest

So here  it is, almost mid-July and time to test the grapes and try to predict harvest.  We tested the pH, TA and Brix along with visual examination, smell and taste testing.  Pictured here is tempranillo from Journey Vineyards, merlot from our Salado vineyard and chardonnay from our Salado vineyard. As you can see, the […]


Beginning of Veraison

Beginning of Veraison

Boy was it windy this morning!  Gusts of 36 mph and I am trying to get ready for netting the vines this week.  The very first grapes are starting to hit veraison!  Now comes the hard part–battle with Mother Nature to get these grapes to the end without losing them to birds, deer, raccoon and […]


Wildlife in the vineyard

Wildlife in the vineyard

The vineyard is looking pretty good. The fruit is all green and clusters are filling out. We’ve had some heavy rain lately and it is quite humid, so I am keeping quite a watch for fungus. Especially powdery mildew and downy mildew. I also try to scout for grape berry moth, but haven’t found much […]


Time for SEX in the Vineyard

Time for SEX in the Vineyard

I admit it, I am just trying to get your attention.  The sex I am referring to is the procreation of baby grapes.  Bloom has started.  What does that mean?  Let me copy from Ed Hellman on the Agrilife Extension page: The grape flower does not have conspicuous petals, instead, the petals are fused into […]


Vineyard Check

Vineyard Check

This morning I walked the vineyard and snapped some pictures.  Everything looked beautiful and I was quite satisfied.  Most shoots have several leaves, all of the future grapes are out and ready and flowering will begin soon.  Obviously sooner for the chardonnay and the sangiovese than for the cab & merlot. So now we’re getting […]


Time to get the pruning done!

Time to get the pruning done!

Wineryboy says the sun is out and it is time to prune the grapes!


Will you be my Valentine?

Will you be my Valentine?

These pictures are of my valentine, and he’s been working hard getting this place ready for Valentine’s Day. Planning a great Valentine’s evening can be tricky!  Don’t procrastinate, our Valentine’s events always sell out quickly. and if those are sold out, check out our other events on eventbrite.com!  


Vineyard Blessing 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2:00 pm Join us at 2 pm, Sunday, May 18 at our vineyard for the Blessing of the Vineyard.  Presiding over the ceremony will be Rev. Bob Bliss of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Salado, TX. Following the blessing, at approximately 3pm, the group will travel to Salado Winery at 841 N. Main […]


New year’s Eve

New year's Eve

I am at it again, like every year. This year I resolve to take better care of the vineyard. To get all the pruning done on time, to get the bird netting done early, and keep it mowed nicely


Harvest is Done!

Harvest is Done!

Finally, we’ve finished harvesting our two tons of grapes at our Salado Vineyard.  Here is the Labor Day crew after destemming & crushing the cabernet sauvignon. Now on to fermentation! Here are some statistics though to keep you entertained while the yeast does its job making wine… 2013 harvest (latest ever) chardonnay 871 lbs merlot 1000 lbs sangiovese 842 lbs […]


2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Harvest Saturday, August 31

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Harvest Saturday, August 31

Saturday & Sunday August 31-September 1, 7:00-11:00 am <<<<<<<<<<I underestimated the crop!  We’ll continue picking on Sunday morning, SEP 1 at 7AM>>>>>>>>>> Latest harvest ever! This is your last chance in 2013 to take part in harvesting grapes in Salado.  There are only 3 1/2 rows left, so I expect this will only take one […]

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