Vins et Crémants d'Alsace

A Review of Our First Produced Wine

A Review of Our First Produced Wine

During our first wine tasting, we’ve invited some wine enthusiasts, and we’re happy that a lot of them graced us with their presence.
The first wine we’ve created, though not mastered yet, is Kientzheim 20. We have our own vineyard, so we grow our own fruit. […]

Our Experience in the Vineyard: The Pain and Joy of a Worker

Our Experience in the Vineyard: The Pain and Joy of a Worker

Though our winery at Kientzheim is still relatively young, we have spent considerable time taking care and growing it. And our experience, the success, and struggles, is something we’re not likely to forget. From relaxing on my favorite recliner, t […]

How to Set Up Your Own Restaurant in a Winery

How to Set Up Your Own Restaurant in a Winery

There are more ways than one to fully optimize wineries. Aside from selling wines and accepting visitors on your vineyard, you can also organize wine tasting and eating. To make the latter possible, you can set up your own barbecue area, complete with a great propane smoker, or a restaurant at the winery. But how can you do it? Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Decide Where You Want To Put The Restaurant

A restaurant at the entrance or exit of the winery might be the best position as it can invite more people. A restaurant inside the winery can create a better mood and might be more intimate. Whichever position you choose, make sure that the space is enough for your estimated number of daily visitors.

Step 2: Process The Papers

Since you’ll be conducting wine tasting inside the restaurant, you need to have a liquor license. Liquor licenses vary for each drink. You can get one solely for wines. However, if you’re planning to serve other drinks, then you can get a license that can cover all alcohol.

Step 3: Buy The Necessary Equipment

Your restaurant would need ice bins, coolers, liquor wells, wine racks, glass racks, etc. But if your wine storage is near the restaurant, you might not need a dry storage. Make sure that your cooler is big enough to hold all your drinks. You might also want to consider getting kegs and beer towers.

Since you’re not only setting up a bar, you must also need equipment for your restaurant. Fill your kitchen with top class cooking equipment. If you’re planning to serve barbecues and other grilled dishes, then having a large gas smoker installed is highly recommended.

Step 4: Use Proper Lighting To Create Appropriate Mood

Don’t overdo lighting. It should be subtle– not too dark as to blind customers or too bright as it will not complement the winery’s general mood. You can use track lighting with dimmer switches so you can adjust the light according to what time of the day it is.

Once you’ve set up your restaurant, don’t forget to promote your wine. It’s one way you can gain loyal customers. Also, you can hold special events in the place once in awhile.

How to Maintain a Winery: It Starts with Your Vineyard

How to Maintain a Winery: It Starts with Your Vineyard

Before you create high-quality wines, you must first be able to keep your vineyard in its top shape. After all, where else can you get your main ingredient in producing delicious wine? Today we will look at the different means used to maintain a winery, including having the […]


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How to Maintain a Winery: It Starts with Your Vineyard

How to Maintain a Winery: It Starts with Your Vineyard

Before you create high-quality wines, you must first be able to keep your vineyard in its top shape. After all, where else can you get your main ingredient in producing delicious wine? Today we will look at the different means used to maintain a winery, including having the best zero turn mower, how to set up and canopy as well as tree management.

The vineyard is the place where you grow grapes, which you will later use in making your wine. Thus, it’s only natural that you take care of it. While not all vineyards are the same and they can’t be treated in the same manner, there are rules that could guide you in how to maintain it. Here are some tips you can use.

Keep A Well-Manicured Vineyard

It will not do if you have a vineyard with weeds growing everywhere. These will surely affect the health of your vines. Though little weed would not be able to cause much harm, those that touch your growing shoots or in the fruiting zone will surely ruin your harvest. Try to control the growth of weeds with zero turn radius mower. This mower is known for its ease of use and durability. Thus, it’s perfect for your needs.

Aside from weeds, you might also want to protect your vineyard from cold air, which, when accumulated, will reach young shoots. A clean vineyard will do the trick. If your vineyard is located in a frost-prone area, it’s best that you plant it down to bare soil. Since frost helps in moving water down the hill, you don’t want anything to block its way.

Plan An Effective Canopy Management

Since there are many trellising styles, you might be confused as to what will work best with your canopy. But the guidelines are actually quite simple. The denser the canopy, the more vegetative flavor you can expect from it. To find the taste that suits you, experiment on how many leaves plucking you need to do.

When doing leaf plucking, remove more leaves on the east side than on the west side as you can use the leaves as a protection from the heat of the sun. Also, try to safely open your canopy to the sun and the wind. That way, it’ll be exposed to less risk and get better coverage when you spray it.

Maintain Good Balance

Ask any viticulturists, and he’ll tell you that balance is the most important factor in maintaining the health of your vineyard. With good balance, the vineyard will be able to react better with the environment and the soil. The recommended leaves to cluster ratio are 12-15 leavers per cluster. However, you can experiment on this, too.