Meduseld is expanding the varieties in its “Pick-Your-Own” Vineyard! We are diversifying the varieties so that homeowners making small-batch wines for personal use will have more options. This year we are expanding our Cabernet Franc to three full rows. Our experimental Carmeniere and Viognier vines did well on our soil so this year we are adding more of those vines as well. I have been transplanting Steadler Noir cuttings that I started last year. I am astounded at how much root develpment I was able to get from cuttings in one year!
A Marechal Foch Vine budding at Meduseld
We are making soil adjustments as a result of soil test results that we got back earlier this Spring, and hope to see improvements in the quality of the vines. We have been pruning vines and trellising young ones.
As time permits, we are also going to expand our vineyard, adding perhaps another half acre.
A pruned Marechal Foch grapevine at Meduseld
Once the vines produce their first leaves this Spring, we are sending leaves to a laboratory which will provide detailed analysis of the major nutrients in the vines and give us much needed information for fine-tuning our soil-enhancements.
Even the humble dandilion makes excellent wine
This is not all that is going on at Meduseld! Last week the sheep were shorn and the fleeces are ready for us to sort and send off to the fiber processing mill. The Romney Bulky wool is always popular and we are almost completely out of stock, so I am eager to get more of that.
And, our seedling trays are bursting the plants are ready for transplanting. Spring has sprung, and we are busy!
Quick Post to update everyone. Shenandoah Valley Fiber Fest was great fun! We took several custom orders for corsets and Charlotte’s schedule is filling up. Get your orders in soon before there is a longer waiting list!
We have turned Meduseld’s store to “Maintenance Mode” so that we don’t sell more of an item then we have. Can be tricky when we are selling at Festivals. We will turn it back on after the Frederick Fiber Festival and we have done inventory.
Speaking of the Frederick Fiber Festival, it is October 12 in Frederick. Check Meduseld’ Facebook page HERE for details about that event.