The Winery

The Winery at Montezuma Canyon Ranch kicked off in 2007 after nearly three decades of vineyard growth on the property. Our winemaking is done in the back of a massive 50 foot deep sandstone cave, cut into the rock just yards away from the vineyard. Using only existing rehabbed vines we harvested a quarter ton of grapes, and are in the process of turning that into over one hundred bottles of cab wine. In the coming season we are looking to increase that output by many multiples, adding in chardonnay to our lineup. The vineyard features a variety of plants that are resilient in the temperature swings of the high desert. The soil is perfectly suited to the high mountain European varietals that have been planted here. The current vineyard is split into the Cottonwood Slope and the Black Rock Vineyards.

Also in March, Danny and Jon rehabbed the southern-most of the two small vineyards on the property. This one has a north-south orientation, and is now named the Cottonwood Slope vineyard. New trellising was required, so posts were cut and sunk, wire strung, most of the surviving vines were pruned radically, and dead vines were replaced with a dormant rooted cuttings of chardonnay – Clone 37, on its own rootstock. New drip irrigation was installed, with some of the work done with snowflakes still in the air. The new grapes, though, were a 100% success, and seemed to thrive nicely over their first summer. In April, Chuck selected and planted maple trees to line the driveway to the main house, after setting new irrigation pipes; they managed to survive a hot first summer with sometimes iffy irrigation, and Chuck even somehow kept them from becoming deer food. In a few summers, they will change from sticks to shade trees, welcoming neighbors and visitors to our home.

Repeat text for layout design: The Winery at Montezuma Canyon Ranch kicked off in 2007 after nearly three decades of vineyard growth on the property. Our winemaking is done in the back of a massive 50 foot deep sandstone cave, cut into the rock just yards away from the vineyard. Using only existing rehabbed vines we harvested a quarter ton of grapes, and are in the process of turning that into over one hundred bottles of cab wine. In the coming season we are looking to increase that output by many multiples, adding in chardonnay to our lineup. The vineyard features a variety of plants that are resilient in the temperature swings of the high desert. The soil is perfectly suited to the high mountain European varietals that have been planted here. The current vineyard is split into the Cottonwood Slope and the Black Rock Vineyards.

Also in March, Danny and Jon rehabbed the southern-most of the two small vineyards on the property. This one has a north-south orientation, and is now named the Cottonwood Slope vineyard. New trellising was required, so posts were cut and sunk, wire strung, most of the surviving vines were pruned radically, and dead vines were replaced with a dormant rooted cuttings of chardonnay – Clone 37, on its own rootstock. New drip irrigation was installed, with some of the work done with snowflakes still in the air. The new grapes, though, were a 100% success, and seemed to thrive nicely over their first summer.

November, 2014: The south cave has been upgraded!! We have a a proper flooring and drains. photo

 

 

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