Welcome to the Painted lady. We have an acre of land under Gewürztraminer vines, planted on July 13th 2006, here in Skull Valley, Arizona, in the Central Arizona Highlands, at an elevation of 4,400ft.
This is a labor of love – love for the land, love for the outdoors, love for growing, love of wine, love of friends and family with whom we share this dream. Gently persuaded by our friend and vintner, Eric Glomski, to convert an acre of invasive weeds to an acre of vines, we are now committed growers, and do what every farmer anywhere ever did – we worry about the weather, about insects, about disease in the vineyard - but because of that we are more aware of the natural world, in all it’s glory and with all it’s glory flaws!
We grow organically and we watch 750 “children” grow with concern and with care. On August 30th, 2009, 20 wonderful friends arrived at 5:30am to help us with our first harvest: .30 ton, Brix 21.7, pH3.5. This was blended with Gewürztraminer grapes from southern Arizona to make our first ever 100% Arizona Gewürztraminer wine.
2010 – well we had a late frost on May 23rd and that pretty much did away with that year’s harvest, but full of hope we persevere and 2011 will, surely, produce our second harvest. Stay tuned …….. Cheers!