2019 Spring newsletter


Freemark Abbey

2023 Fall Newsletter

Grapevine Notes From Kristy

Greetings wine club members!
We hope you all have had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to fall.  It is our favorite time of year at the winery because all the hard work we put into the vineyard finally comes to fruition during harvest.  We’ve had a lovely growing season so far.  Rains were abundant over the winter which helped us get out of a 3-year drought, refill our reservoirs, and bring vigor back to our vines.  We had a mild and cool spring, delaying budbreak and flowering by about 3 weeks.  The summer was temperate with varying cool and warm days, which lets the vines develop slowly and in conditions great for color and flavor development.  Harvest started a few weeks later than recent years, which is great for us because the fruit got a little longer hang time on the vines.  The crop is looking great, and we can’t wait to share these wines with you in a couple of years.
For this season’s club shipment, we’ve got a delightful group of wines from the 2019 vintage.  The 19 vintage was near ideal by our standards, we had good rainfall over the winter with a warm, even summer for ideal ripening.  We began harvest shortly after Labor Day with the last pick on October 30, which is about as close to textbook perfect as possible.  The wines all have great freshness and concentration with sublime tannin balance.  They are drinking great now, or if you prefer to enjoy them with some age they will mature nicely in your cellar for decades.
The grapes are calling me back to the cellar, so I bid you a wonderful fall and hope to see you at the winery sometime soon.


Winemaker Kristy Melton