The short, dusty stretch of dirt road up to Vindemia Estate is getting an upgrade! We are in the process of getting our stretch of road paved, but not for the reason you might think.
At Vindemia everything we do is wine-centric, so of course our deciding to pave has something to do with wine. The dust off the constant traffic on our street was actually damaging our vines by coating the leaves in a dense, powdery layer of dust. Our estate vineyards are our top priority (after all that is where all of our quality wines come from!).
So although a great perk is that it does make driving to the winery a bit easier, really it is the vineyards and our wines that benefit the most.
We all enjoy a glass of wine now and again (or…ahem…nightly), but who knew that the habit may actually be good for you?
According to research by the Food Chemistry Journal:
“Flavan-3-ols or flavonoids, such as catechin, epicatechin and procyanidins, contribute to the major antioxidant activity of red wines in the prevention of LDL cholesterol…” (Teissedre, Frankel, Waterhouse, Peleg, & German, 1996)
Last spring, Vindemia Winery had the first in a series of events dedicated to understanding “elements” in wine. Elements are not so much what it tastes like in relation to something else (a.k.a. this wine tastes like cherries!), rather the components that go into the wine (or flavonoids).
To understand the benefits of your nightly dose of flavonoids, check out this article by CNN:
So enjoy your wine and the health benefits that it brings! As always, everything in moderation!
It has been talked about a lot in the last few years, bees seem to be disappearing all across the globe. An essential part of the ecosystem, the loss of our main pollinators has lead to research into what may be causing their decline.
In our vineyards at Vindemia Estate, we make every effort to maintain our vines as naturally as possible without the use of harsh chemicals. As more research emerges, we become more determined in our authentic sustainability approach.
We care about our world and our buzzing friends (as well as the ingredients in the wines that we drink). In order to guard against the biggest threat here in the Temecula Valley (the glassy-winged sharpshooter), we drip Imidacloprid instead of spraying the vineyard. This causes the chemical to only be present in the plant for a few weeks rather than being airborne and coating the whole vineyard endangering the native fauna.
Hello! For those of you whom I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting yet, I’m Gail Bradley, co-owner of Vindemia Vineyards & Winery. Some days you might catch me down in the tasting room lending a helping hand to our friendly staff and assisting winery guests, but the majority of my days are spent behind-the-scenes, making sure things are operating smoothly for both the winery and California Dreamin’, our hot air balloon adventure company.
If you’ve ever been on one of our hot air balloon adventures you know that we love taking care of our guests; whether it’s making sure they’re picked up bright and early at their local accommodation by our friendly crew, serving up a tasty post-flight breakfast accompanied by mimosas and champagne, or giving them a taste of one of Vindemia’s wines. While I do the ground work for our sunrise flights in preparation for our passengers’ return, Dave (a.k.a. Vindemia’s winemaker) takes our passengers up in the air, just in time for sunrise.
Speaking of the crew, we are delighted to announce that Dylan Bradley, our eldest son, is our newest pilot. Dylan received his commercial balloon license on October 26, 2015 and will begin flying our smaller balloons to build up his commercial hours. Just like his dad, Dylan has many years of experience; they both started flying balloons with a private balloon license at the age of 14. Dylan is also the assistant winemaker here at Vindemia and helps with the daily vineyard operations.
Dylan has taken on his new responsibilities with much enthusiasm and tenacity and, even more so, his greatest responsibility to date, Charley. Our newest addition to the family, Charlotte Lee Bradley was born on May 13, 2015 to Dylan and Emily Dailey. You will see her nickname, “Charley,” on the 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon selected for your November wine club shipment.
Charlie was also my father’s name, so keeping it in our family means a lot to us. Many of you may already be familiar with the name Charlie and its connection to Vindemia. More often than not, you’re likely to see Charlie, our portly black lab, begging for bread or eating in the tasting area. But don’t be fooled – he’s well-fed!
Not to leave out the other Bradley children and their current endeavors, we have Luke deployed with the Air Force in Qatar, Justus studying Botany at University of Hawaii Manoa, and Leah - our youngest - exploring careers in education and nursing at Santa Barbara City College. With the exception of Luke (for obvious reasons), all of our kids will be home for the holidays.
Now, that’s a bit about my immediate family and our newest grandbaby, “Charley”. We are also fortunate to have an even bigger family: our Vindemia family. Our motto at Vindemia is that “The wine should taste better at home, with family and friends, than it did at the winery,” so I hope that you will share our harvest with those closest to you this season!
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Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends and family!
We are enjoying a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau in honor of our French counterparts.
Beaujolais nouveau is a red wine produced in the Beaujolais region of France that is fermented just a few weeks before being released. By French law, it is to be released no earlier than the third Thursday of November. It is a great way to taste the latest harvest and is released just in time for Thanksgiving!
This year Vindemia decided to purchase our own olive oil press, which we are very excited about! In order to get the olive oil press in time to use with the harvested olives, Dylan Bradley (Assistant Winemaker & son of Vindemia owner David Bradley) was sent to pick up the press in Northern California. Little did anyone know this 14 hour round trip was to turn into something a bit more complicated...
A flood of mud and debris, triggered by heavy rainfall in Southern California, rushed onto streets and highways Thursday, stranding hundreds in their cars and closing major interstates. Weaving through back streets because of the closures, fording semi flooded roads, and even helping to tow a car out of the deluge of mud, Dylan was finally able to make it back to Vindemia with the olive oil press (and a very muddy truck).
The press is being busily put to work as we prepare our Estate Olive Oil. We hope to soon have our olive oil in the tasting room for everyone to enjoy!
Vermigrow Products feed your soil’s “food web” more effectively developing it’s root zone. This dramatically affects how efficiently available nutrients are assimilated by any plant.
A worm casting (also known as worm cast or vermicast) is a biologically active mound containing thousands of bacteria, enzymes, and remnants of plant materials and animal manures that were not digested by the earthworm. The composting process continues after a worm casting has been deposited. In fact, the bacterial population of a cast is much greater than the bacterial population of either ingested soil, or the earthworm’s gut.
Worm castings contain a high percentage of humus. Humus helps soil particles form into clusters, which create channels for the passage of air and improve its capacity to hold water. Humic acid present in humus, provides binding sites for the plant nutrients but also releases them to the plants upon demand. Humus is believed to aid in the prevention of harmful plant pathogens, fungi, nematodes and bacteria.
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If you would like to read more about this technique, here is an (old) but good article.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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 .
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”