Whispering Oaks Vineyard and Winery

  (Seymour, Missouri)
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October Events

The newly created pruner attachment for the tractor is completed and testing is underway.  This will really help with vineyard management.  We could even expand a bit since this will speed up the late winter/early spring pruning schedule.

 The stomp was a great success.  We had lots of new customers and some long time friends out to visit.  Mike and Nancee Micham (EzNDil) put on a wonderful show.  The day was a bit chilly, but the sun shone and the food was good.  Couldn't ask for much more.

 We will be at White Rose Winery in Carthage on October 16 for the Ozark Wine Trail event.  This will be part of the Maple Leaf Festival. 

 The foliage is beginning to really show it's colors.  Ava is having their annual Glade Top Trail Tour on October 17.  Stop in and see us on your way to the tour.  It is gorgeous country in Douglas and Ozark county.  There is music and BBQ at Caney Mountain Pavilion.  Check the Ava Chamber of Commerce for more details.

 We will be closed Monday, October 11th.  We are going to visit Arkansas Glass Containers.  We hope to buy our bottles from them instead of the imported "stuff" we've gotten in the past.  Local saves us shipping and reduces our carbon foot print.  It also helps a business that employs over 100 people.  Buying local is a good thing!

 
 

Cool Front Happiness

The cool front yesterday made it feel like fall.  Woohoo!  The Virgina Creeper and Sumac are turning crimson.  The vineyard is starting to change to yellows and reds.  It is gorgeous.

 The grape stomp is on October 2nd.  The weather is looking very promising.  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy EzNDil from noon til they get tired of us.  Stomping starts around 2.

 We'll be road tripping to Jonesboro, AR to visit a new to us bottle vendor.  They make the bottles in Arkansas.  No imports! This will save us on shipping and will help 100 people in Arkansas grow their business.

 Happy fall to you!  Hope to see you soon!

 
 

September to Remember

Harvest is still going strong.  We're down to Catawba, Vidal and St. Vincent.  We've had more orders than ever for our grapes.  We've taken what we need and selling the rest.  It's been great meeting some of the other wine makers in the area.  We seem to be one of the few who started their vineyard first, then opened a winery.  

 The grape stomp is coming up October 2, 2010.  It should be a great time.  I can't wait to hear Ezra and Dilly (Mike and Nancee Mitchum).  They are great!  They are often at Bakersville (Baker's Creek Seed) and they used to perform at Silver Dollar City. 

 My good friend Karen Light will be serving her wonderful Honduran/Mexican/Hispanic food from Mama Talis' Restaurant in Fordland. 

 We may have a few grapes for home wine/juice/jelly makers.  Please give us a call or an email to check availability.

 I hope the cool temperatures hang around.  It's been great a great harvest season so far, if the weather could hold on just a little longer.

 

 
 

Harvest Set to Begin

August is here and so is harvest.  We will pick the noble Vignoles and the Traminette on Monday, August 16, 2010.  The Vignoles look to be the best harvest in years.  The vines are so loaded with clusters, they are pulling the trellis down nearly to the ground.  Viva Vignoles!

The varmits have been troublesome this year.  The normal predators seem to be scarce.  We have know something big has been in prowling about, but we won't "go there" else we'll be accused of wearing "tin foil hats".

 The vines are very healthy and doing well.  The heat has not hurt at all.  Rain has shown up at all the right times this year (knock on wood).  Hopefully, the stress of the high heat will convert to extra sugar and flavors in the grapes.

 If you are interested in grapes or juice, please contact Larry at the winery.  We have lots of orders from our commercial customers, but we often keep juice around for the home wine maker or jelly makers.

Happy harvest season!  May the cool weather come in time for picking and processing.


 
 

Harvest Season Summary

The grapes did very well this year.  The cool temperatures and rains slowed things down, but overall a good year.  Sold Catawba to some wineries north and east of us.  

We made some Traminette wine for the first time this year.  So far, it is very citrusy.  It should develop some nice tropical fruit flavors over time.  There was only enough for a carboy this year, hopefully more next year as the vines mature.

 There was enough Frontenac to ferment this year.  We had an unofficial "QA" tasting as a "beaujolais nouveau".  Lots of flavors for such a young wine.  There is a lot of potential for this wine.

 The grape stomp was a success despite the cool weather.  The hayrides were very educational.  Many visitors picked Catawba, St. Vincent, and Vidal grapes for a snack on the way back to the winery.  The St. Vincent vines are turning a vibrant shade of red this year.

 

 
 
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