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Salado Winery Merlot and Sangiovese Harvest

***YES! let’s do this!!! We will pick 3 rows of merlot and 2 rows sangiovese*****

Make your Instagram friends super jealous! Come pick grapes with us at the vineyard at 21724 Hill Road, Salado, TX! You can even eat some straight from the vine! Harvest is family friendly. Wear comfortable, cool clothing and tennis shoes. You’ll want to bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and bug spray. We’ll provide everything else you need. We will start bright and early at 7am and go until all the grapes are picked.

Hecho en Queso might be at the vineyard offering breakfast for sale 🙂 We will clarify as the date gets closer!

After harvest in the morning, you can join us at the winery to watch grape processing. Our grapes will be de-stemmed and crushed using a machine then pressed and prepared for fermentation.

welcome to harvest sign next to open gate to vineyard.  sun rising in background

Macarons + Salado Winery = sweet spring fun!

Friday, April 27th from 7pm-8pm

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Y’all are invited to join in on this yummy goodness!

Macarons by Maison de Macarons paired with wines made by Salado Winery.

First, show up and check in by 7 pm

Second, sit back and enjoy the presentation by the macaron baker and the wine maker, both local gals who live in Central Texas and share a passion for all things French.

Third, nibble and sip your way through the pairings

Ahhh! those little pretty desserts. Did you know they are naturally gluten free? What a coincidence, so is wine! As if anyone ever needed an excuse to enjoy their Friday evening? Come on now, stop thinking about it. If you wait too long, someone else might buy your ticket….see you soon! A bientot!

Tickets- Eventbrite


following the wine and macaron tasting, stay and enjoy a glass of wine with your friends, or explore Salado RAW or Salado’s 4th Friday

 

Autumn Afternoons Wine Trail

Autumn Afternoon GraphicSaturday, October 24th, 12-6 and Sunday, October 25th, 12-6, 2015

Celebrate Texas Wine Month! Come visit six Central Texas wineries all in one weekend! Your Autumn Afternoon Wine Trail ticket will include 3 wine tastes and a small bite at each winery as well as a souvenir wine glass.

Dancing Bee Winery – Rogers, TX

Nolan Creek Winery – Belton, TX

Salado Winery Company – Salado, TX

The Vineyard at Florence – Florence, TX

Inwood Estates – Florence, TX

Pilot Knob Vineyard – Bertram, TX

You can start at any of 3 locations – Dancing Bee, The Vineyard at Florence, or Pilot Knob. Choose your ticket based on where you’d like to pick up your trail guide and wine glass. From there, you can choose the order you visit us. You can visit all six wineries in one day or split it between Saturday and Sunday.

The trail runs from 12pm – 6pm Saturday, October 24 and 12 pm – 6 pm Sunday, October 25. This is a self-guided tour. Please be safe and designate a driver! Tickets are on eventbrite.com at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/autumn-afternoon-wine-trail-tickets-18587667213?aff=saladowinery or follow this button

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FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to participate in the trail?

You must be 21 years old to purchase a ticket and taste wine. We will ID and you will show ID at each winery.  For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, we reserve the right to refuse service to those who have consumed enough alcohol.

Where can I pick up my trail guide and souvenir glass?

You can start your trail at one of 3 locations – they are the northernmost, southernmost, and most central locations – Dancing Bee, The Vineyard at Florence, or Pilot Knob. Purchase your ticket based on where you’d like to start. There are a limited number of tickets per starting location.

How long is the wine trail?

The trail is 56 miles from top to bottom.

Can I purchase tickets at the door?

No. Tickets are only available on www.eventbrite.com. Tickets will be available online through 12 pm on Sunday, October 25, 2015

Holiday Office Party at the local Winery

have your holiday party at your favorite winery

have your holiday party at your favorite winery

Yes, it’s that time of year!  Time for the cheer and time for the annual holiday work party.  WORK plus PARTY? those two words don’t seem like they belong together in one sentence, but if you’re wondering where all the cool kids go for their annual bash, look no more, just reserve the party room at Salado Winery and Salado Wine Seller!

Here’s the deal:  $25/hour from set up to the end of clean up. My big number one rule is NO bringing outside alcohol (come on now really, please don’t make me feel like a high school teacher chaperoning the senior prom).  If your group is a non-profit group, you might even convince me to waive the fees.

You can bring your own food, or we can help you arrange catering and naturally we will help select the wines.

Our party room can also be a great place for a birthday party, retirement bash, family get together, shower, board meeting and we have even hosted a few weddings.  Just let us know what we can do for you?  go on over to https://saladowinery.com/party-room-rental/ and fill out our reservation form

Test for Ripeness #3

I strain the juice, blend it and then look through the refractometer or put it in a hydrometer

I mash the grapes, strain the juice, make sure it is blended and then look through the refractometer to measure brix or I put it in a hydrometer

There are many factors I take into consideration when determining when to harvest.  I like to evaluate the grapevines, the grape clusters, the seeds and then evaluate the color, smell and taste of the grape juice.  Then I have to take into account the weather before and during proposed harvest, labor available and set the date for harvest.  Weekends are generally a better time to harvest because more volunteers can help.  Next I need to make sure the winery side of everything is ready to process and ferment the grapes.  In other words, when I am not running around the vineyard yelling at birds, I am inventorying the wine making materials, ordering yeast and looking at the maintenance of the pump, crusher and de-stemmer.  It has been said a million times, “great wines are made in the vineyard”.  If I don’t get this first part correct, then I may as well just go home! Nothing is more frustrating than working with substandard wines.

Last night I took a good look at the grapes in Three Texans vineyard.  I collected grapes samples and processed them this afternoon.  Looks like Tempranillo is still winning the ripeness race.  In testing, I found them to have 22 degrees Brix and pH 3.65.  Good color, a little light on taste, but definitely in the mellow plum direction. Starting to feel that bit of zing that tannins can add to the wine. Some grapes were still a bit harder, and some were soft and ripe. Same with the seeds, some beige and a few green.  In the vineyard I saw some rachis and peduncle browning, but these grapes could definitely hang for another week or two.  So harvesting on Saturday, August 9th would be a great idea, but looking at the long-range forecast, they are calling for an 80% chance of rain on Friday, August 8!  So I think that these grapes should be harvested on Wednesday or Thursday August 6-7.

Next I examined the Malbec.  These grapevines look a bit riper in the vineyard.  The grapes have almost no green left in them.  They were easy to pull off, soft, juicy and easy to mush.  I thought maybe they had jumped ahead of the Tempranillo in ripeness, but when I looked at the sugar, I got 20.8 degrees Brix and pH 3.51.  It still had a bit a of apple cider like tartness and had a few green seeds, so it needs a couple more weeks.  I am predicting August 16 for these grapes.

Then the Cabernet Sauvignon from Three Texans.  Cab seems to be the worst variety for uneven ripeness and had many green grapes still sprinkled about.  I did see a bit of peduncle and rachis browning.  For flavors I was tasting a very cherry or raspberry note which indicates that it needs more time.  (see https://winegrapes.tamu.edu/grow/ripening.pdf for reference) I was surprised to see 20.4 degrees Brix, but the pH was only 3.26, so I would like to see these grapes hang 3 more weeks to ripeness.  A good ripe Cabernet Sauvignon will make a better wine and fetch a higher price.  If it is harvested too early, it might as well become Rootin’ Tootin’.

This morning I took a good look at my vineyard.  First I sampled the Chardonnay.  The grapes are starting to become translucent with a light golden hue.  Starting to see brown peduncles and rachis.  When I smashed the grapes, I had great brown seeds.  So I was surprised to only measure 20.4 ° brix and pH 3.55.  Given the state of the vines, the taste of the juice (starting to get mango) the darkness of the seeds, I will probably plan to harvest these grapes just before next week’s rain.  In other words, I will harvest them on August 6-7.

The Merlot in my vineyard is starting to look ripe as well, but I have some problems with uneven ripening on the ends.  I saw some peduncle browning and so I was disappointed to see how many green seeds I still had and to have only 18.7 °brix and pH 3.38.  The taste was also a bit unripe. So this will probably wait until August 13-17, assuming that rain is going to fall on August 8th and that there isn’t much rain after that.

I couldn’t detect much difference between the aromas of the wine grapes, but there is quite a bit of difference in color and flavor of the juice.

a few more green seeds than we want to see

Tempranillo, a few more green seeds than we want to see

chardonnay on the right--nice ripe seeds

chardonnay on the right–nice brown ripe seeds

Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, second row is Chardonnay then Merlot   Big differences in color, small variation in aromas

Tempranillo, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon second row is Chardonnay then Merlot
Big differences in color, small variation in aromas