We want the best possible grapes from which to make our wine. We have selected different terroir for our red and our whites.
Our red wine grapes are grown on sandy soils above Lake Pepin. The sand provides heat to ripen our grapes, producing more intense aromas and more concentrated flavors.
Our white wine grapes are grown on loam soils at higher elevations. Cooler temperatures allow development of more subtle aromas and flavors.
Cold temperatures in the middle of winter and bud killing frost in spring can be a threat to our crop. With our newest plantings, we sculpted the land to allow the cold air to drain away. In other problematic areas, we will rely on the use of specialized vineyard heaters to increase the air temperature.
As grapes ripen, they are at risk from the fall migration of birds along the Mississippi Flyway. To protect our crop, we use a laser to scan our vineyards and deter the birds from eating the fruit.