The 2013 season was full of challenges and setbacks. In January we had a dip in temperature that had all the growers concerned about vine damage. It appeared that it was minimal until April when the lower valleys had an unusually cold spring frost. Peaches, apricots, cherries and grapes all suffered. Then when we thought we were in the clear for any further damage, another frost in May that is very rare for the lower valleys. All these events combined created a grape shortage in Colorado.
Moving forward, the challenges continued... wildlife and wasps reeked havoc on the ripening fruit along with the historic rains that hit Colorado this year and even snow in the high country in early August. Harvest was a hit and miss event, but we made it through another one.
A winemaker only gets so many harvests in life and every harvest is a little different. So you take what you get and make the most out of it. Although the crops were light the fruit has been very good. Most of our fruit came from the higher elevations this year where typically most of it comes from our vineyards in the valley. Fermentations are moving along, and for now the shining stars for us are the Pinot Gris and Merlot.
The Ptarmigan Vineyards tasting room in the Grand Valley is officially reopened and Betty is in the house waiting to serve you so stop on by Thurs - Sat 11 - 5.