Vindemia Winery Blog

February 22nd, 2015 - Mother Earth News

In March 1975. in the March–April issue of the Magazine, Issue No. 32, John Shuttleworth said in the second installment of the Plowboy Interview:

"For at least 20 years now, I've been getting an increasingly uncomfortable suspicion that all the major nations of the world — capitalist and communist — suffer from the narrow delusion that only people, and people alone, have any rights on this planet. Further, that human wants, needs, and desires — seemingly the more capricious the better — should be instantly gratified. And further still, that this can always be done in a strictly economic frame of reference.
 

In short, I think that we live in an unbelievably marvelous Garden of Eden. Surrounded by miraculous life forms almost without number. Kept alive by a mysteriously interwoven, self-replenishing support system that, with all our scientific 'breakthroughs,' we still do not  understand.
 

And yet, as favored as we are by all this real wealth, we somehow perversely prefer to spend almost all waking hours interpreting the sum total of this reality in terms of the narrow and distorted, strictly human-centered concept of money." 




February 15th, 2015 - "I need more cowbell!"

Saturday Night Live is having their 40th Anniversary episode this evening.

SNL has so many classic skits, but the one closest to our hearts (and the one we named our Zin blend after) is "More Cowbell". 

As Bruce Dickinson would say: "We've got a fever and the only prescription... is More Cowbell from Vindemia"!! (Or something like that...)
Cheers!




February 9, 2015 - Sustainability

Sustainable Farming

Caring for the future…

Just about any farmer, gardener, landscaper or groundskeeper will inform you the wellbeing of the plant is directly related to the health of the soil. They will also tell you that a “living” soil is a healthy soil. Sustainable farming techniques yield wines that are more complex, better balanced and more reflective of the terroir from which they came.

Soil Management
One of our primary goals is to keep our vineyard soils as rich as possible in microorganisms. To achieve this, we have introduced a number of farming procedures modified to our unique location.

Fertilizers
For nearly all pest and fertilization situations we are able to utilize natural methods and applications to solve a problem or accentuate a positive circumstance. Non-natural controls are administered rarely and only as a last resort.

Composting
Compost is added to the soils to help retain moisture and improve water circulation. This is a key aspect of sustainable farming. Natural fertilizers are used to help add life to the soils, supplying bacteria, photo nutrients and trace elements. Leaf tissue analysis is used to help amend soils and bring soils back in balance.

Preservation of Native Flora & Fauna
All native plants and grasses along waterways and vineyard margins are left untouched to encourage populations of beneficial insects. Non-indigenous plants that harbor harmful grapevine pests are removed. The reflection of this native flora & fauna can be discerned in the ambiance of the final wine product.

Weeding and Mildew Management
Because we preserve the natural habitat we are gifted with a healthy population of beneficial insects that keep the harmful insects to a bare minimum. We do not use pesticides. Spray calibrations are closely monitored. This keeps populations of beneficial insects in our vineyard. Grape vines are susceptible to mildew infection which we are able to control with sulfur and mineral oil applications. Strip spraying is done only where needed, minimizing usage by maintaining narrow strip spray patterns. Equipment such as spray nozzles, hoses, tanks and pumps undergo routine maintenance to ensure that the proper amount of fungicide is being used.

Water Management
We are watering between rainstorms to mimic the regular winter season. This practice allows us to keep the soil moist so when we do have even the slightest rain fall, the ground

The Promise of Sustainability
Ecologically-sound agriculture is a necessity for the long-term health of our planet and all of its inhabitants. At Vindemia Vineyard & Winery, we understand the responsibility we have to protect our land for our customers, employees, local communities and future generations.

                                     

February 1, 2015 - A Proposal Story in Honor of Approaching Valentines' Day

Here at Vindemia we get to see many different stages of love stories...Anniversarys, Honeymoons, Weddings, and once & a while a Proposal. In honor of the approach of Valentines' Day, we wanted to share one couple's proposal story through photos! After their hot air balloon flight with California Dreamin' Balloon Adventures, the couple came back to Vindemia where their story unfolds. Click here for the full gallery...

                    


January 29, 2015 - The Next Generation Takes Flight
As many of you know, Vindemia Vineyard & Winery was made possible by the Bradley Family's first venture - California Dreamin' Balloon Adventure. The hot air balloon company has been in business for 30 years and still provides guests with the experience of a lifetime today.

We are happy to say that Dylan Bradley earned his Pilot’s License this Thursday!

Growing up in a ballooning family means that the oldest Bradley child was introduced to flying at a young age.  Dylan has been helping his family with California Dreamin’ since he was young and started on earning his license when he was just fourteen. He now has his Private Pilot’s License and will be an even greater asset to the California Dreamin’ Balloon Adventure venture. Dylan says that getting his pilot’s license was “a long process. I started crewing when I was a kid. But I am happy to finally have my license.”

                                                                                                           



January 20, 2015 - Pruning Time
During the vine's dormancy in the winter we prune the entire vineyard to prepare for the next growing season. This year, because of the age and maturity of our vines, we are making crucial cuts that will be reflected in our wines for the next 3-5 years. Our deferential pruning techniques have us cutting specific zones of the vineyard, now, where the plants have the tendency to lag in ripening during harvest. This will give them a head start in this next season.




December 31, 2014 - Snow Falls on Vindemia

    

July 23, 2014 -  Read up on our story from Wine Food Explorer...



November 25, 2012 - American Winery Guide Review 


Tara Torres from American Winery Guide came to visit us, check out our Winery Review and see what she thought!



July 27, 2012 - 2012 Sunset International Wine Competition Gold Wine Award!


We are very excited to share that we won a Gold Wine Award for our 2009 Vindemia Syrah in this years Sunset International Wine Competition.  They had a response of 2,837 entries from the United States and around the world!  The judging, held at Sunset's campus on July 9th and 10th, was conducted by 51 of the most respected wine experts in the country, led by honorary chairs Joel Peterson, founder and winemaker, Ravenswood; Tim Gaiser, MS, Former Education Director, Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas; and Sara Schneider, Sunset's wine editor.

 Competition History:
For the past six years, the magazine has focused on revealing the "Best of the West" wine with an invitational Western Wine Awards program.  The program has grown in size and influence every year.  Due to the response they have received they seemed to out grow the invitation only structure and have decided to step up to a full medal-competition model - open to any winery to enter - with careful Sunset checks and balances to maintain the highest possible integrity.

We hope you love it too!

For a complete list of judges, the judging process and more CLICK HERE



April 27, 2012 - How the Winery Purchased it's first Barrels...

In 2003 we participated in The Great Balloon Race, an event that has been taking place since 1973 at the Kentucky Derby Festival, and won First Place! With the prize money intact we drove to Caton, KY the following day and purchased our first 10 barrels!

                            



April 18, 2012 - Springtime photos at the Winery







March 1, 2012 - Eagle Visits Calle Contento

Some of the most Amazing People and Creatures visit the beautiful and relaxing vineyards and wineries on Calle Contento! This is the first sighting of an eagle along Calle Contento. It may have been sent as a spy by Screaming Eagle now that word is out about the fine artesian wines being produced on Calle Contento.

Eagle visits Calle Contento, Temcula



March 1, 2012 - Welcome to our blog!

Thanks for visiting our new blog!

Our goal is to bring you interesting posts that are as unique as you are!  We hope you love the website!  We are looking forward to many changes to the website and blog over the next year.   Please Contact Us with any stories that you would like to share about Wine, Wine Tasting, Vindemia, or Temecula!

Cheers!