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Taylor Ridge Vineyard

3843 105th Ave

Allegan, MI 49010

269 521-4047

bctaylor@btc-bci.com

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Grapes and Juice for the Home Winemaker

In 1975, we began planting our vineyard for the purpose of supplying home winemakers with a variety of locally grown, fresh grapes for winemaking. We now raise 21 varieties including Vinifera, French hybrids, New York and Minnesota hybrids and the traditional American varieties, Niagara and Concord. 

In 1980, we added a cooler and press so that we are now able to provide fresh, lightly pressed juice that has settled and been chilled to retard fermentation. Our grapes are all hand picked and mostly grown on our own farm. Those that we buy are grown locally. We cluster, thin and open the ripening grapes to full sun by combing out the individual shoots. In order to assure the best quality grapes, we comb and remove excess leaves. Our grapes are hand picked, crushed, pressed and immediately chilled to 35 degrees. This Cold stabilization process acts as a natural filter and removes much of the sediment.

Crop Outlook for 2013

        Harvest dates this year appear to be about average. Early varieties like Marquette, Reliance, Brianna and La Crescent will begin in early September. The late varieties like Cabernet Franc, Concord, and Noiret may be later than usual into the mid or late October. We have had one night of “beneficial” frost which helped to produce a more balanced crop. Overall, all varieties are available. La Crescent had a poor set due to rain during pollination so that crop is smaller. We have 8 days of warm weather this coming week that will be very beneficial to sugar production. Brix of some varieties taken on Aug. 18th: Marquette 17o, Reliance 16o, Foch 16o, DeChaunac 15o, Frontenac Gris 15o.