Several New Additions at the Winery
We have several new additions at the winery, and I am excited to tell you about a couple of those today. A new building addition and a new head winemaker.
Bringing the Presses Inside
We have made several building additions in the last couple of months. One was to build out the building structure over our press machines that used to be just out on the back porch of the winery. They were easy to get to when working with them, but not the best place to be out in the sun, wind, and other weather extremes.
This work was started the end of May.
Much work has been done since then finishing out the sides, ceiling, and insulation. The new building will have a garage door that can be opened into the old winery area as well as another large opening to the outside for grapes to be brought in for processing to make them into wonderful wine.
Our two presses here are two of the largest in the state of Texas at 18 and 35 tons. Daniel says that we once processed 43 tons through the larger press. This is how we are able to do custom work for other vineyards and wineries as well as our own estate wines from the grapes that we grow.
The sides and ceiling are now in as is the spray foam insulation.
More photos once the area is finished, cleaned up and readied for harvest which we expect to begin mid-August to end of August and continue through September.
Sam Jennings, Our New Head Winemaker
We are welcoming a new head winemaker at Bingham Family Vineyards. Daniel, our son, was our head winemaker, has decided to pursing a Master of Arts in counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary to become a LPC counselor. Thus we have searched and found a winemaker that we think will continue to lead our winery making quality wine.
Sam and Daniel will be working together to make a smooth transition to continue our quality production of fine wines for our friends.
Sam, Daniel, and Ro (our intern who is going to Texas Tech University) are filtering white wine to ready it for bottling. This will be our 2019 Windmill. As many of you know, our Windmill is an oaked white blend. Our 2019 will be a blend of Roussanne, Viognier, and Marsanne which was bottled yesterday and today.
More about Sam next Tuesday as we plan to share with you each Tuesday (#TeamTuesday) a different family or team member and what they do here at Bingham Family Vineyards whether they are in Meadow, Grapevine, or Fredericksburg.