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The snow hit hard and heavy this November. Overnight, the County was covered in a blanket of white, with frosty temperatures and shorter days heralding the end of the 2019 season unequivocally. Our little solar winery hung onto every drop of sunlight possible. We shut off nearly all power in the production building to save every precious ounce of battery life for heat — important if we don’t want our wine to freeze into barrel-sized ice cubes. Our work on the Farmhouse kitchen finished just in time for the change of seasons, so we set up our winter tasting room...

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Harvest is the most crucial time of year for grape growers and winemakers. If the adage “You can’t make good wine from bad grapes” is to be believed, the decisions made during this period will determine the quality of wine made in that vintage. Every September, winemakers in the County prepare for a month or two of early mornings, late nights, and no time off. Days are spent monitoring the weather, assessing the vineyard, and the multitude of tasks that come along with picking, processing, and fermenting grapes into wine. Everything during this period is time sensitive, and a day...

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Ten years after Redtail Vineyards first opened its doors, Lee Baker is giving it a fresh start. The original vineyard was modeled after high density European sites, with narrow row spacing designed for a horse and plough. The wines were made in a natural style, with low-intervention and sustainable principles carried from the vineyard to the cellar. But by 2018, the vineyard had fallen into disrepair. It was sold to Thomas Stallinga, a Dutch investor looking to develop a winery in the relatively young Prince Edward County region. He brought on vineyard consultants to assess the damage, and was heartbroken...

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