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Guess how many pounds of grapes we’ll harvest this year… The closest guesser wins a $35 gift certificate to LPV!

All guesses must be in by 5:00 pm on Thur, Sept 14, 2017. (Update: guessing is now closed for this year. See all guesses below!) — To enter, you may comment on facebook or instagram, email me, or stop by the tasting room (see hint below). — We will post . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 8:26 pm

September 6, 2017

Now we’re waiting. We’re waiting for the grapes to ripen to just where we want them– sugars up, acid down, flavors delicious– before we begin harvest. But don’t worry– we’re not just drinking wine on the porch.

We’re sampling and testing the different varieties and different blocks. We’re cleaning equipment and scrubbing tanks in preparation. We’re power-washing the harvest lugs. And we’re taking in the beauty of the almost-ripe grapes on the . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 6:04 pm

Our beloved Somerset Seedless table grapes are ready. These are, hands down, the tastiest table grapes you’ll ever eat. If you’ve only ever had grapes from the grocery store, you’re in for a treat. Sweet and tangy, bursting with flavor, bright and refreshing.

And they’re only around for a short time– a week or so. Don’t miss them, or you’ll wait twelve months!

$5/quart or $3/pint here at Lincoln Peak Vineyard and at Waitsfield Farmers Market.

Also . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 10:31 am

August 12, 2017

Veraison is full-blown in all blocks of the vineyard. Check out the different varieties below, and see the difference from 10 days ago.

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By lincolnpeak / 8:13 pm

August 2, 2017

Marquette shows the first signs of turning its true color. A few pink berries appear, then a few more; they turn purple and a week later they’re darker still; finally by early September they’re an dark inky blue. Frontenac and our other red varieties are not far behind the Marquette. For the white grapes the change is more subtle: green turns to pale yellow and then gold (in the case of La . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 6:09 pm

July 6, 2017

Vineyard manager Roxanne Smith leads our great crew through the vineyard each summer. For most of July and part of August, they work methodically, vine by vine, to untangle the shoots. They pull the shoots down toward the ground, revealing the grapes near the top, closest to the wire. They pull leaves from around the clusters and makes sure the sun shines on each one.

We call this “shoot positioning,” a bland . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 4:40 pm

May 31, 2017

Roxanne and the crew have finished shoot thinning the vineyard. All this recent rain has meant lots of growth for the young shoots. They’re racing each other toward the sun, as the bases harden off at the nodes and the shoots strengthen. In just a few more weeks, they’ll be long enough that they’re starting to droop and they’ll be strong enough that we can move them around. Then, we’ll begin . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 2:38 pm

Our grapevines always produce more shoots than they can handle. If we left the shoots alone, the vines would struggle to ripen the too-heavy load of grapes. We bring each vine back into balance by removing some of the shoots in the spring, when they’re still tender enough to be flicked off with a finger. It’s a beautiful time of year in the vineyard!

By lincolnpeak / 8:27 pm


May 3, 2017

I wrote two weeks ago that the buds were still holding tight. We’ve had some sun and a few warm days since then, and they’re starting to push up and out. The La Crescent are always the prettiest– a rainbow of colors across each tiny curled leaf. Now we keep our fingers crossed through the rest of frost season!


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By lincolnpeak / 8:46 pm

April 19, 2017

The future of this whole season is contained in tiny buds. In the photo above, the bud is that pale gray blob sticking out from the base of the upright spur. That bud holds the potential for 5-15 ft of new shoot and leaves, and 2-4 clusters of grapes. It contains all our spring and summer labor, plus the work of harvesting and pruning this fall and winter.

It’s no wonder, then, . Read More »

By lincolnpeak / 8:27 pm