DIY Wine

May 23, 2014 No comments » [ssba]

The practice of making homemade wine has never been more popular.  There are now gobs of books and websites that teach the novice vintner everything from crushing grapes to designing original wine bottle labels.  Essentially, all one really needs is grape juice, yeast, sugar, the right equipment and patience.  It’s a fun hobby and how cool is it to announce that “tonight, we’ll be drinking the wine I made with dinner”?

At Ponte, it’s no secret that we make wine…lots and lots of wine.  What you may not know is that the grapes used to make Ponte wine are also available for purchase to you!  Why buy Temecula grapes?  Quality.  Temecula Valley grapes are grown under the absolute strictest quality control.  The grapes we sell aren’t second rate; they are the exact same ones we use to make the red and white wines we sell and ship to Wine Club Members.  The grapes buyers purchase will have gone through:

  • Mechanical pre-pruning
  • Hand-pruning
  • Shoot thinning
  • Leaf pulling
  • Mechanized hedging
  • Fruit thinning
  • Pre-veraison

All of this basically means that we baby our grapevines to achieve optimal results.  All grapes are harvested only in the coolest parts of the day and night when they are at their peak of ripeness.

Harvest season

We welcome anyone interested in purchasing our grapes to come and inspect the vineyard and even taste the grape varieties in the barrel, cask or tank.  We are happy to sell as little as a ½ ton macro or everything we’ve got!

Ponte winemaker, Mark Schabel

Happy winemaking!

To see the grape varietals we sell and to contact our winemaking team about purchasing grapes, please click here.

–Erica Martinez

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