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Vindemia Winery Blog

May 25th, 2015 - Bottling Together






May 23rd, 2015 - Certificate of Excellence

Congratulations to Vindemia Estate Winery!
Trip Advisor is delighted to award Vindemia Estate Winery the 2015 Certificate of Excellence. This achievement is a direct result of your consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travelers.





May 18, 2015 - We Promote Safe Drinking Practices

Here at Vindemia, we support safe drinking practices. That means not drinking & driving after an enjoyable day in Temecula Wine Country! 
Using a safe & easy app like Uber to get you around with less worry or hassle is a great way to go. Uber matches riders to local drivers in your area.





How to Use Uber
Uber is super easy to use. All you need is a smart phone & a credit card!

Here is a detailed list of what you will need to sign up:
1. Create an Account - You will need an active email address and to create a password.
2. Create Profile - This requires your: First/Last Name and your Mobile Phone #
3. Credit/Debit Card Info - Enter your Credit or Debit card # and you are almost ready to use Uber.
Your account should now be created and ready to use. Get an Uber account today to further enjoy your wine tasting experience!


 




Here is some additional information on Uber in Temecula: 
http://blog.uber.com/temecula











May 10th, 2015 - Pruning Differential

The unique geographic features of a vineyard can mean that not all vines grow and ripen fruit at the same rate. This can become an issue during harvest season as the fruit needs to be ready at approximately the same time.

In order to compensate for this uneven growing pattern, vineyards can apply a method called differential pruning. This means that the vines in specific areas of the vineyard are pruned as much as 4 weeks apart in relation to their neighboring vines. This practice is done in late winter.

For example: In the photo below, the vines on the hillside look underdeveloped in comparison to their valley-dwelling counterparts.  This is not a deficiency on the vines part, but rather a careful division in the rate of pruning. There is a 3 week difference in pruning to the vines on the hillside vs. the vines in the valley. By utilizing differential pruning, vineyards may allow for ripening of all vines within the same week.

                                                            



April 9th, 2015 - Press Release "California Drought in the Vineyard"

Temecula, CA, April 8, 2015:  Vindemia Vineyard & Winery announced today their recent success in significantly reducing their water usage in the vineyard during this drought, approximately 35%, for its fourth year. This results as the State of California has suffered a severe drought during recent years.

The company credits the use of Deficit & Partial Rootzone Irrigation with the ability to conserve water at such an impressive rate. This technique is not new to the world of wine; in fact, much of the data provided on the subject comes from Vineyards in Australia who suffered massive droughts in 2003-2012. Many think California could be in this drought for the long haul, with some, like Vindemia Winery, deciding to be the change not the problem. David Bradley's, the Wineries owner, goal is to lead the charge on responsible farming in the vineyard.

"Oh, by the way, it makes great wine!” Bradley noted.

Bradley realizes you can’t ask too much of the vines, the overall net water saving must be looked at over the period of four years.

“At some point in the 3rd or 4th year the climate will require you to give the vines a rest from the stress” Bradly explains. 

The vines, during the years of water stress, will produce smaller berries and a higher quality grape.            

Located in Temecula, CA, Vindemia Winery is one of a handful of wineries out of the experimental phase and onto implementing Partial Rootzone irrigation in the State.

Reducing water consumption  by 25%- 40% could actually lead to better wine!






April 3rd, 2015 - BioChar

Pruning/trimming a whole vineyard can result in a lot of clippings and excess plant matter. One option, which can actually help to improve the quality of the soil, is to burn the plant matter in order to produce a soil amendment called Biochar.

By replacing conventional open burn methods with conservation burn, you can radically reduce emissions (visible smoke and invisible chemicals and particles) from agricultural burns and conserve resources, especially carbon.

When adding Biochar to soil, it is beneficial acting as holding cells for nutrients, moisture, and beneficial microorganisms.


 


                        
                                                 

March 27th, 2015 - Why We Like Owl Boxes

Many times, while driving through vineyards or farms, you will see these odd boxes perched upon a tall pole. These are Owl Boxes and are used to encourage native owl populations to settle in a given area.

Before the overuse of pesticides, Owls were the farmer's best friend when it came to rodent control. A single Barn Owl can consume 53 pounds of gophers in a year (or about 3,000).



                                    




March 25th, 2015 - Creating a Healthful Environment

At Vindemia we care about creating a safe & healthful environment for all. We choose to utilize methods (such as weed whacking and tilling) that are not harmful, unlike the strong chemicals in most herbicides.


                          



March 23rd, 2015 - World Health Organization confirms "Roundup" is Cancerous

The toxic active ingredient in Monsanto’s "Roundup" herbicide, was “classified as probably carcinogenic to humans” according to a new report from the World Health Organization.

In our vineyards at Vindemia, we utilize more health-conscious methods of weed control - such as tilling & weed whacking. We stopped the use of "Roundup" nearly 4 years ago and this recent research supports what we have already been doing.

From our family to yours, we seek to cultivate wines grown in a healthful and sustainable environment that all can enjoy .













March 22nd, 2015 - Read this review of our to-be-released 2012 Syrah...




March 20nd, 2015 - Bottling Time



March 16th, 2015 - They're Alive!
Our vines are coming out of their winter dormancy. The buds are popping open and we are anticipating a great spring...

                                  


March 7th, 2015 - Spring
It seems as though spring has arrived early to ‪#‎Vindemia‬! The rare snowfall that we experienced in ‪#‎Temecula‬ this year was beneficial to our vineyard. The native flora and fauna are abundant & blooming. It is a lovely time to stop by!


   
     





March 1st, 2015 - Spring Updates from our Servers!




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!

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