Summer is in full swing and the vines are on a tear

Martha's Office Block Chardonnay July 2015Winter lingered this year, but the late freezes were brief and gentle. The late spring saw more moisture than our drought-parched minds could remember, and it seemed to flow right into a very early arrival of the monsoon season — brief, almost  daily afternoon showers, for those uninitiated in the climate patterns of the Southwest, usually followed by waterfalls from the cliffs, a rainbow or two, and finishing with a spectacular sunset.

The vines are loving the mild weather and the moisture, throwing out tendrils so fast you swear you can see them grow. The fruit set looks great, and several vineyard blocks that were previously unharvested, look to be going commercial in 2015.

The WWOOFERs are hard at work making it all happen, and hiking and touring our corner of the Canyonlands on the weekends. For a much better account of all that, go to our Facebook or Instagram pages. And if you are a WWOOFER, or want to be one, and are not sure what you’re doing for the rest of the summer, check in with Danny and Hannah via the Contact Us tab on this website. The harvest is still a fair ways away, and there are a lot of great memories to be made before that happens. Come join us!


Last month saw our first commercial wine release: a white blend, crafted by our winery partners and friends at the fabulous Sutcliffe Winery in McElmo Canyon, near us in southwest Colorado. Sutcliffe wines are legendary in the southwest, found on the best restaurant menus from Dallas to Denver to Telluride, Santa Fe to Flagstaff, and we are very proud that our 2014 white varietals were chosen for their first Utah bottling, the White Blend from Montezuma Canyon Ranch. It’s yummy, clean and crisp on the palate, a perfect summer day wine. Our partnership with Sutcliffe’s winemaker Joe Buckel, and Owner/creator/amazing person John Sutcliffe, and their vineyard manager Jesus,  has upped our game, and we look forward to growing with them as our vines mature.


The 2014 Harvest is Here!

Mother nature smiled on us this year, and pretty much everything that could have gone wrong – didn’t - due to the hard work of the WWOOFERs and great planning and execution by our vigneron Danny, and Hannah. The 2014 grape harvest is underway, with the Adobe and Metate block merlot first up, and picked September 19th. Quality and quantity came in on top of projections. The whites aren’t too far behind, so stay tuned….

And Hannah has our farmers market operations running smoothly. Our yummy organically growth tree fruit, including peaches, apples, and pears this season, is selling out weekly, at the Moab Farmers Market on Thursdays.

2014 merlot harvest dayDanny acid titration Sept 2014 netted vines before harvest 2014 sunset over the merlot blocks 2014 Harvest dogs 2014




Summer is here and the vines are in gear!

Martha's Office block chardonnayThe frost danger has passed and summer 2014 is here! The farmer gods have been kind to us so far, and we are seeing what looks to be the best start to the vineyard’s growing season yet. Pruning and cropping  led to  a nice fruit set, and the fall harvest, while still months away and with many challenges to be overcome, is starting to take shape in our minds. So far it’s a dry year here, which is a plus for weed control, always project number one here on our organic farm. Danny says the WWOOFER crew is outstanding, this year, and even seasoned, as old friends re-upped for a summer at MCR.

The tree fruit is doing well, too. Though an early bloom and a late frost combined to thin the apricots, the later fruits are coming on strong, so far. The last of the yummy cherries will be picked this weekend, to make their way to tables in Colorado and Utah.

Italian bees and chickens are new to the ranch, and so far providing amusement, if not yet sustenance; the first egg was collected this week.


Martha's Office chardonnay block in late June

Martha’s Office chardonnay block in late June





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Winter 2014: The Vines are Sleeping

The harvest is past, the netting pulled off and stored, the grapes fermented and on their way to wine, irrigation systems drained, the equipment winterized and wrapped, and the wood stove is devouring the woodpile. Winter is here, and the vines are sleeping. After a decent rain year — over 13 inches at the ranch — and an early snow, it’s been warm and dry for the past month. But the canyon country aquifers depend on a snow pack, so light some sage, say a prayer, or just send good thoughts skyward; we need the water.

North vineyards Christmas Day 2013

It’s winter duty time — time to fix and tend to all the things that get pushed to the bottom of the list during the mad growing season. Accounting, mending, restocking the ranch’s pantry, organizing the library, racking and bottling, chopping firewood, all in a day’s work.






2013 Harvest in progress!

A cold snap moved up the grape harvest date one day, to Friday, October 4th. Pictures and a run-down coming soon.

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