Another Option to Make Wine

Vint Hill Craft Winery in Warrenton, Virginia is beginning another program for wine enthusiasts to make wine. The winery is offering home winemaking classes. Participants will work one-on-one with winemaker Ashton Lough for four classes to make wine. Each class lasts for two hours. By the end of the last class, participants can take their […]

Cabernet Sauvignon Aging Nicely

We had an opportunity to stop by Vint Hill Craft Winery yesterday to taste our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon still in a French oak barrel. The last time we tasted it was last summer. Wow! What a difference eight months can make. The fruity character of the wine was present as it was last summer, a […]

Testing the Cab at Vint Hill and Determining Additions

We tasted our Cabernet Sauvignon from the barrel at Vint Hill Craft Winery this week. The Cab was certainly in the direction of what I wanted. There was fruit on the aroma and taste. There were no hints of vegetative aromas and tastes. There were tannins on the finish. After withdrawing a liter […]

Racking to a Barrel at Vint Hill Craft Winery

After a few days in a tank we racked our wine into a French oak barrel. We also helped to rack other wines into other barrels. The easy job was to place a wand (a long tube attached to a pump) into the tank. It could rest on the side of the tank […]

Pressing the Must at Vint Hill Craft Winery

Pressing the must was a breeze using Vint Hill’s neumatic press. Cleaning up took longer than pressing. Using the forklift, DJ lifted a fermentation bin and dumped the must into the wooden slat press unit. This unit was then rolled under the neumatic press and the pressing began. At first the free run […]

Sorting Table Part 2 and a Bit of Chemistry

A large group showed up last Saturday at Vint Hill Craft Winery to sort the Cabernet Sauvignon that had earlier arrived from Arciero Vineyards in Paso Robles, California. Rather than dumping the grapes into a hopper, DJ put the box of grapes onto the end of the first sorting table and cut out […]