Good day from beautiful Calistoga!
We are thrilled to say that our 2016 harvest is completely over and it was another very successful year for us at Kenefick Ranch. For the 2016 harvest we hit over 400 tons and its all tasting great! Now that harvest is over, this is the time that we look to put the vineyard to bed for a few months. Currently we are spreading compost, lime, and gypsum over the entire vineyard. This will help to improve our already outstanding soil profile long term. Once this has been completed, we will seed the vineyard with cover crop and put straw on top of that to prevent soil erosion. Once all the work has been done around the property, many of the vineyard workers will take some time off to vacation to Mexico before returning in January to start with pre-pruning the vineyard.
This time of year is also one of the busiest times for our Sales and Marketing. Patrick Chapman has been traveling all over California promoting the wine and opening up new accounts in all areas of the state. Be sure to ask your local store when they are getting some Kenefick Ranch Wines in if they don’t have them already! Chris Kenefick recently came back from a road trip through Texas where he visited with Spec’s sales representative and on premise representatives in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. Chris then went to Omaha, Nebraska where he and cousin Peter Kenefick hosted dinners at the Happy Hollow Country Club and Spencer’s Steakhouse. The dinners were a great hit and the pairings that each restaurant had were both fantastic! Early next month, Chris will also be heading to Denver, Colorado for a few days of marketing and then finishing with a wine dinner at the politically themed restaurant Capitol Cellars in Boise, Idaho.
The end of October brings a sad but exciting opportunity for Kenefick Ranch. We will officially be closing the doors at Up Valley Vintners and moving all of our tastings to Fairwinds Estate Winery (4550 Silverado Trail N, Calistoga, CA, 94515). This move brings with it the next chapter for Kenefick Ranch. Fairwinds Estate is the location where we have always made our wine and the facility will bring new opportunity to showcase our product by providing tours of the facility as well as barrel samples of some of the current wines in progress.
To celebrating the great 2016 harvest and to the future of Kenefick Ranch, Salud!