Laurentia focuses on grape varieties known to thrive in this region. Our 44 acres of vineyards are composed mainly of Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Gewurztraminer. Laurentia’s first vines, Chardonnay and Riesling, were planted just 5 miles off site of the winery in 2011. Over the next few years, plantings continued. In June 2015, we planted another 10 acres using a unique trellis system and expanded again with additional acreage in 2016.
“It all starts in the vineyards.” “You can’t make good wine from bad grapes” These are common phrases in the wine industry. But it’s true. To make good wine, we have to do our part in the vineyard. Growing grapes in Northeast Ohio is not always easy. Bitter cold winters, spring frosts, or cool rainy seasons make grape growing more difficult. But, we constantly listen to our vines and follow the best practices to ensure we have the best fruit to work with, resulting in the best wine year after year:
Lower Yields: Cropping the number of clusters per vine allows for the remaining grapes to receive more nourishment, concentrating and intensifying their flavors so that the wines will be a reflection of the complex fruit.
Exposure to Sun: Grapes like the sun. We leaf pull in order to fully ripen and develop the grapes properly, something grapes in this climate tend to struggle with. It also helps with air flow, minimizing problems with rot and mildew.
Hand Harvest: Hand harvesting is more labor intensive but it results in cleaner fruit. We only select the ripest clusters, picking out any rotten grapes in the bunch. Clean fruit=clean wine, a great canvas to begin the art of winemaking.
Protecting Vines: Wind Machines, burying canes, hilling up. These are common practices followed by grape growers from around the world and for good reason. Strict measures must be implemented to ensure that our vines survive even the most extreme conditions.
2016 Harvest Notes:
Our 2016 harvest brought in 80 tons of grapes from our estate vineyards. We meticulously balanced each vineyard’s crop load to our targets, aiding in ripening the fruit to its full potential. Even with the dry growing conditions we experienced throughout the entire 2016 season, our berry clusters developed complex flavors and deep colors with adequate berry size. We enhanced our vineyard practices to further our entire vineyard’s potential, individually caring for each and every plant with a keen attention to detail. We have a busy winter season ahead of us and an even busier spring and summer.