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Taylor Ridge Vineyard

3843 105th Ave

Allegan, MI 49010

269 521-4047

bctaylor@btc-bci.com

4grapetalk@gmail.com


 

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 2016

        What a year!  So far the crop of all varieties is excellent.  Very mild winter.  No spring frost.  We have thinned most varieties.  Leaf removal and combing (opening grape brunches to sunshine) are also completed.  This should be an excellent wine quality year.  All varieties have excellent crops.  We have reduced prices on some varieties including vinifera.

     We are celebrating 35 years of growing grapes.  Brix reading for early varieties of August 15th are as follows:  Marquette 14, Foch 13, Brianna 13, Relience 13.  As always, please let us know as soon as possible when ordering early varieties.  We will be deploying bird netting hopefully avoid last years losses.

 

 


 

 

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