March 29, 2016
In the wine industry, or at least for those of us who both grow and
make our own wines, there are only two seasons in the year; the "wine making season" and the "wine growing season". The former is indoors and, for Adagio, underground in our winery/cellar. The later is outdoords in the vineyard. The former is tightly controlled, highly scientific and results are driven by finely tuned parameters and rigidly controlled environment and measurement. The later is simply termed "farming" and controlled only by nature (which is essentially uncontrolled), mostly seat of the pants and involves a good deal of hope, prayer and guessing.
With the bottling of our new Chardonnay a couple weeks ago, the "wine making" season ended and we emerged from the cellar pale and gaunt to start the "wine growing" season in the vineyard. For the next 6 months I can work on my tan and,eventually, sunburn as we fertilize, weed, spray for beetles and fungus, weed again, chase off the deer, weed again, tie up vines, fertilize with micro nutrients,weed again, tie up more vines, spray and put up bird nets. Then watch the weather and grapes to determine harvest. The day after harvest guess what? The "wine making" season starts AGAIN!
April 14, 2017
Happy Easter to everyone! This is the time of year we start the growing season again, the vines have just started to bud, Chardonnay is the earliest with small leaves already evident while the other varietals have buds just now opening. With the early warm days of March, we were worried things would start too soon and then a late freeze would kill off the crop like last year, but now looks like we dodged the weather. Our Wine Club gathering is Saturday April 29th where we will spend some time in the main vineyard exploring the terrain and steps through the growing season we take to ensure a good harvest, then have a marvelous French country lunch at the winery (not too late to join!!).
The red wines we made last fall are in the barrels building flavors; Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and our newest addition, Arandell. This was our first harvest for this grape, just planted 3 years ago, a dark red wine with flavors similar to a Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines will be in French oak for at least 12 months and already taste marvelous!
November 25, 2016
After non-stop frenetic activity of harvest the orderly season of winemaking begins
May 8, 2016
First annual wine club dinner a big hit!
Starters by Tim and Jan with a vertical tasting of Vivace from 2013,2014 and 2015. Dinner by Chef Douglas followed by desert with new Coda vintage 2014! A wonderful evening with great friends, could not have made this happen without Denny and Shannon Lazar! Plan to do this again in the Fall so join the Club!
December 28, 2015
If you consider yourself an oenophile, or lover of wine, you may find yourself falling into a comfort zone of your favorite wines, wineries, and tasting routines. With the New Year upon us, it’s the perfect time to expand your horizons, and your taste buds, to a new world of enjoying wine. As...
December 17, 2015
Wintertime is full of cozy moments and seasonal surprises, making it a favorite season in North Carolina for visitors and residents alike. At our North Carolina winery, we’ve been enjoying the break from summer’s heat – and have enjoyed welcoming northern visitors looking for an esca
November 7, 2015
In the Tasting Room at Adagio, people come to enjoy the special North Carolina wines we have worked hard to cultivate and produce. We love to share our knowledge with others and we often hear the wine-related questions that people most want to know. Questions come in all varieties and touch on all aspects of...
November 3, 2015
Since the beginning of human history, we have adopted many traditions and customs surrounding drinking and eating. Humans have been raising their glasses since the days of Shakespeare and Emperor Augustus, a tradition that we carry on in our North Carolina winery to this day. But why do we continue to practice these...
October 19, 2015
Whether you’re a nearby neighbor of Adagio Vineyards or one of our long-distance friends, you can enjoy our North Carolina wine any time! We love to see old friends and new faces gather in our Tasting Room at the vineyard in Elkin, North Carolina, but sometimes distance and time may make that impossible. When you can’t...