(slide show coming soon...)
Fall 2010: bush hogging the man-high weeds was the first activity for the
newly purchased vineyard tractor
Early 2010/2011: the vineyard equipment gets a rest in the late evening sun.
Winter 2010/2011: After multiple rounds of weed control, plowing, and tilling
the site preparation of the future East Vineyard was beginning to take shape.
Our venerable vineyard truck is a proud classic: a 1979 GMC Caballero.
The planting party on April 16, 2011 started with this moonscape of 2100
holes in the ground.
The first vine is planted.
In 3 1/2 hours the party guests planted 2100 vines.
Afterwards there was plenty of time for some R&R.
The barn was built during the summer of 2011 and was completed just in time
for the barbecue party on October 15.
Friends, family, neighbors, and other vineyard fans came to celebrate the
progress the vines had made during their first summer.
The bluegrass group "Brushfire" played by the riverside during the BBQ party.
Amy and Anna relaxing in the hammock by the river.
In 2012 the Seyval Blanc vines carry quite a few clusters despite a late frost that
killed all early growth and blossoms in late April.
Bob Asplundh, a friend visiting from Virginia, built
five bluebird houses, which were all occupied
through the year
The shed, the barn in the background, and the bird
houses all share the same "fireweed" red color.
Gracie the vineyard dog inspects the newly cut path through the West Meadow.
A downstream view of the river near the campfire site
"Ramrod" Chris Thompson with a load of clippings from pruning the vines.
A view of Ellijay River vineyards from the south-west in August of 2012.