Archive for the ‘Vina’ Category

Our Opening is Here!

It’s hard to believe that our opening is here! Join us as we turn our dream into a reality. We’re having a soft opening starting on Friday, March 7th through Sunday, March 9th as a way of showing our appreciation to all those who followed our progress over these past several months. Please come check out our tasting room and be one of the first to sample our wines. On March 8th, we’ll also be at the Schulenburg Wine and…

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It’s about the Vina

I have mostly written about my personal feelings about this experience, particularly the loca parts….but this is really about the vina.  I haven’t really described how I spent my summer and some of the key learnings of setting up a vineyard: Once planted in March, I mistakenly thought I was just supposed to let the vines grow all year, in order to make strong roots.  I put 30 inch grow tubes around the plants, to protect against the rabbits, and…

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Musings from Majek 2013 Black Spanish Roadtrip

Background:  It’s harvest season in S Texas.  This weekend, we planned to take Black Spanish grapes from Patrick Gibson’s vineyard to Brownfield, where Mike Sipowicz of Texas Custom Wine Works will craft our 2015 reds.  Patrick’s vineyard is in Weimar (75 miles W of Houston).  Brownfield is 30 miles west of Lubbock.  For the uninitiated, that means a road trip diagonally across Texas.  Why do this?  Our grapes won’t be ready until next year…and our wine-making facility after that.  Patrick…

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If I think too much about it

If I think too much about it, I scare myself with the prospect of opening any business, much less a vertical operation of harvesting a crop, manufacturing a perishable product, and creating a retail experience…all at the same time.  I had had a garden, and had really enjoyed picking the right heirloom seeds, watching them grow with Olivia, and canning the produce.  But, that was the full extent of my agricultural experience. Randy and I fell in love with our…

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The Saga

In the interest of brevity, I will postpone the first 8 or so years of The Saga, until another day. In the beginning, Randy and I were corporate-people, working 5 or more days a week, in office-type jobs.  We had a nice home, but wanted to have “a place to go”. Grandpa Sassin’s land had been laying fallow for many years, after his retirement to Corpus and his eventual passing.  After working with relatives, we inherited part of our property…

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