It's a wrap for a record harvest of estate Sangiovese: 6 tons of excellent quality, evenly ripened fruit were harvested with TLC from 1.5 acres in the North Block. The challenge was to overcome the temptation to "panic harvest" when the early September 100F + heat wave hit and started to shrivel the entire block.
Irrigation, light rain, and cooler temperatures not only re-plumped the berries, but the sugar level, pH and acids couldn't have been better. Everyone is invited to join us in 2022 when the 2017 vintage of Chuparosa Vineyards' Sangiovese (Brunello biotype) is released! ... See MoreSee Less
So excited to try the new batch! Not sure I can wait 5 years!!! So glad all came out great for your harvest!
Sorry that I missed another Harvest!
My favorite...can't wait!
It will be hard to beat the 2011! But looking forward to putting it to the test!
👍🏻, sez me.
It's time to start the countdown for the 2017 harvest! The bird nets are being deployed as we speak. ... See MoreSee Less
CBS Sunday Morning just had a story on the growing popularity of rose'. www.cbsnews.com/news/everythings-coming-up-rose/ Get ready for the stampede!
If someone wants to come pick, how do they find out about harvest and juicing days/weekends?
Looking forward to another harvest season.
Wow!!! What varietal is THAT? Can't fool a fool!!!
'Nice choice for a nest location in the Sangiovese block, yes? The vines are showing how much they appreciated the winter rains by their exuberant growth. This week's 100F + temps should shut down this phase and allow the vertical shoot positioning tasking to catch up. ... See MoreSee Less
'Noticed this wild turkey in the North Block yesterday with a half dozen very young chicks following close behind. ... See MoreSee Less
Join us this Friday @ 6:45PM for an outstanding wine pairing dinner at Jeremy's on the Hill. ... See MoreSee Less
As of Friday March 3 we now have labels for our 2016 Albarino white wine and our 2016 Dry Rose. They can now be purchased at our tasting room during regular weekend hours or weekdays by appointment. ... See MoreSee Less
Pruning season is underway as we race to stay ahead of a March bud break. Prepruned Sangiovese is on the right; final pruned on the left. Interesting note: The Chuparosa volunteer pruning crew have always been experienced skydivers. Who knew? We call them our "Fairy Godmothers". ... See MoreSee Less
Happy New Year's Eve. Thank you to all our friends, aficionados, and those who appreciate a 100% Estate wine project for making 2016 a success. Here's wishing our best to all for 2017. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy year and thank you for making delicious wine! Cheers!🍷
Happy New Year to you both... and to the juvenile Albariños, other guys!
Happy New Year to you!!🥂🍾🎉
Happy New Year to you both!
Happy New and Prosperous New Year!!
Happy New Year Carolyn & Andy!
Same to you Harris's
Love that fireplace !
The tasting room will be open the next two Fridays (23 December and 30 December) from 11AM to 4:30 PM, because we will be closed for the 24/25 December and 31/1Jan holiday weekends. We look forward to seeing you. ... See MoreSee Less
The 2016 Estate Cab Franc is putting on quite a show as it prepares to join the Sangiovese in the North Block Blend "Super T". Crush continues this weekend. So far we've brought in 10 tons of fruit from our vines, thanks to a lot of TLC from caring friends. ... See MoreSee Less
The menu has been published for Wednesday's pairing dinner at The Main Course restaurant. This is looking delicious. Make sure you bring a large appetite. ... See MoreSee Less
Pairing Dinner at the Main Course – 28 September 2016
On Wednesday, 28 September 2016 at 6PM Chef Mario Medina and The Main Course restaurant here in Ramona will be serving a dinner featuring 5 of Chuparosa Vineyards’ wines specifically paired with Mario's special selections to highlight complementary flavor profiles.
We’re really looking forward to this meal, at what is inarguably one of the area’s most respected and serious restaurants, and invite you to join us. Reservations for this $79 per person event can be made directly with the Main Course at 760-789-7005 | 620 Main Street, Ramona CA | www.themaincourserestaurant.com. ... See MoreSee Less
The deed is done and the first lot of the 2016 crush is safely in the winery. Here's to Chuparosa Vineyards' first white wine: the '16 Estate Albarino. ... See MoreSee Less
The first vintage of our estate Albarino should be ready for harvest any day now. It's a white wine that originated from Spain and Portugal. We planted 3/4 of an acre in 2014, and expect a limited crop now at 3rd leaf.
Preparations over the last two years have included the installation of a glycol chiller system, jacketed variable capacity stainless tanks, and..... a programmable pneumatic press! ... See MoreSee Less
984 pounds of THE first Ramona Valley Albarino white grapes harvested today at Chuparosa !!
The children! Let me know if you want very amateur help.
It looks like Chuparosa Vineyards has joined the "Estate Whites of San Diego County" club! Welcome aboard.
I can't for the tasting!
The 2016 Estate Zin has started verasion. Let the festivities begin! ... See MoreSee Less
Please join us at the SoCal Food & Wine Festival at 6PM on Tuesday, 19 July 2016 here in Ramona at the Mainstage (620 Main Street | Ramona CA 92065). With your $89 per person donation we're helping to raise funds for the Center for Community Solutions (www.ccssd.org/event/socal-food-wine-festival/), a highly regarded organization combating domestic violence.
Ramona's Main Course chef, Mario Medina, has selected some acclaimed chefs from Baja California and San Diego to present samples of their work along with Baja and Ramona Valley wines.
Purchase your tickets well in advance here: www.ramonamainstage.com. We look forward to tasting with you! ... See MoreSee Less
It has been a very nice Spring, and the Sangiovese is showing it. Here's a "before and after" view of the vertical shoot positioning that the vines are all getting this month. Summer is arriving a little early this weekend, so the vines have been irrigated and we'll be keeping cool in the Cellar Door tasting room which is built into the hillside for exactly this reason. ... See MoreSee Less
Some days it pays to go get the mail. Here's what we found in it a few days ago: A double gold medal from the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. While we rarely enter wine competitions, Andy was curious what an international panel of qualified judges would think of Chuparosa Vineyards' 2014 Estate Cabernet Franc.
We've since learned that while approximately 10% of the wines entered into a big competition will be awarded "gold" medals, at the Finger Lakes competition a "double gold" is awarded "when each judge at the table gives the wine an undeniable two thumbs up for every aspect of the wine (typicity: how true it is to its own varietal character, balance: of fruit, acid, tannin and alcohol, and its overall likeability.)" This happens rarely - to the top 4% of wines entered this year.
Our friend Joe Cullen of Cactus Star across the valley also pulled his second double gold from the Finger Lakes - this year for his 2012 Estate Tempranillo, which has always been one of our favorites. Congratulations, Joe. ... See MoreSee Less
When will the Cab Franc be released?
Congrats. Welcome to the club.
This is great!! Cheri really liked it too, so we got some on our last visit. You guys deserve it so much.
That's great news! You'll win triple gold on the 2014 Malbec when it's released! Can't wait for it...
Awesome! You two are a great team. Looking forward to seeing you soon. Congratulations from me and Tom.
Congratulations to both you and Joe! Well deserved!
Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment!
Wow! Congratulations, Andy and Carolyn!!!
Your cab franc is divine! Congrats!
Way to go! Congratulations!
It is pruning time. Here is the "before" picture in the 'irrationally exuberant' section of the young Albarino, with the winery in the background. ... See MoreSee Less
Andy and I just tasted the 2014 North Block Blend (Super T) which was bottled last month. Report: We"re happy. Very happy. Here's to the upcoming harvest of 2015. Cheers! ... See MoreSee Less
Harvest preparations for 2015 include improved access to the winery and crush pad. This investment also provides erosion control for the upcoming el nino winter storms. We're looking forward to the deluge. ... See MoreSee Less
Almost ready for 10 tons of grapes to climb up to the crush pad - a half ton at a time.
Let me know if you guys need any help!
FacebookDylan, Harvest is coming, maybe 1-2 weeks. We are close. Will let you know.
Amazing day at this great Ramona winery!
I'm at Barrel 1 --- see you soon
That looks like some nice Italian oatmeal
July in the vineyard and winery.
1 - Bird's eye view of verasion in the Sangiovese. We'll leave the netting open over this vine until these little ones hatch and fly off.
2 - Better living through hydraulics. The forklift lifts the heavy stainless steel lenticular filter housing up off the stack of back-flushed filter modules. The wine is filtered as it is transferred from the barrels to the blending totes in advance of bottling. ... See MoreSee Less