The vineyards at pine lake
Everything begins with just an idea.
When the idea of opening a winery became more than just a thought, and started to become a reality, the very first thing we did, after acquiring the property, was plant the first block of vines. We believed that in order to truly consider yourself a winery, making wine from your own fruit was an absolute must.
Our vineyards consist of approximately six acres with over 3500 vines. The vineyards are divided up into three blocks, with a two new blocks (Block D & Block E) slated for planting in the spring of 2021. We currently have nine different varieties of grapes planted with two new varieties to be planted.
Block A was the very first acreage of vines that were planted on the property. They also serve as the grand entrance into the winery. We felt there was no better way to start the wine experience than by driving through a row of vines. It consists of eight different varieties: two red (St. Croix and Frontenac) and six white. All the vines, with the exception of Niagara, are hybrid vines; meaning they are designed to grow in extremely cold environments as compared to vinifera, which are the common European grapes (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, etc.). Our location is too cold to grow vinifera vines, but it is well suited to grow hybrid varieties. Niagara is considered a native variety as it grows exceptionally well in this climate.
St. Croix and Frontenac are both used for our Vineyards Red wine, Niagara is used for both our Lindale and Midnight Vines wines, and Melody, Cayuga (pronounced Key-yoo-guh) White, Vignoles and Valvin Muscat are all blended together to make our Vineyards White wine. Seyval is processed on its own and will be released in a future wine.
Block B was planted in the spring of 2018 and is 100% Vidal Blanc vines. Vidal Blanc is one of the primary grapes used to produce ice wine; which is exactly what we plan to do with this block. It will take a few more years for the vines to be fully mature and capable of producing grapes that can be used for ice wine, so don’t expect to see ice wine from The Vineyards at Pine Lake on the shelves very soon.
Block C was planted in the spring of 2018, along with Block B. It consists of two varieties; Niagara and Vidal Blanc. The Niagara is used for our Lindale wines and as mentioned in the Block B description, the Vidal Blanc will be used for ice wine in the future.
2.75 Acres & 1 Acre
Block D (2.75 Acres)
In the spring of 2021, we planted an additional 2.5 acres of vines with an emphasis on increasing our sparkling wine production. Here, we planted Catawba, Cayuga White and an exciting new variety named Itasca. These three varieties will fit in nicely with our portfolio of bubbly wines.