Along with "terroir", handcrafted may be one of the most overused terms in winemaking. Handcrafted for us is defined by the use of our hands, brawn and brain, but mostly just our hands. From the moment grapes hit the bins from the vineyard, we begin the grueling task of hand sorting each cluster for under ripe green berries, and those that are dried up.
Our hand crank basket press is also a focal point of our winemaking and the concept of handcrafted. Color and texture of wine is predominately achieved in the press and through punch downs. Machine bladder presses and electric punch down devices are great for large wineries, however, for us, we find that literally being one with the wine working the crank, we are able to taste the flavors of the wine after each motion as we move closer to the exact color and texture we are looking for. Pressing a button and letting a machine do the work is probably very nice, but just not our style!
As our wines settle down to barrel for aging, and eventually bottling, we again prefer to hand bottle many of our wines limiting the amount of forced air to move the wine from barrel to bottle, and finally, all of our specialty wines are hand labeled. If you asked us, we may even hand delivery them to you as we do to many of our restaurant clients.