Written by Estelle Dupuy — Sebastien and I have been traveling back and forth to Frederiskburg, VA to monitor the grapes at Doukenie’s vineyard. We grow grapes in Loudoun County, DC’s Wine County and Fredericksburg. Here’s an update of what’s we’ve been doing.

On our way back from Luigi's vineyard, near Fredericksburg, with some Chardonnay!

On our way back from Luigi’s vineyard, near Fredericksburg, with some Chardonnay!

Keep the smile and enjoy a beautiful glass of wine from our lovely grapes!

After the picking and the pressing of the Dornferlder grapes, we start the fermentation of skin. This stage took 13 days to be completed and today we transfered the wine from the tank to the barrels.

After pressing and crushing the grapes for these Virginia white wines, we stored the juice in the tanks. Then we did made some adjustment to clarify, stabilise the juice and to prevent bacteria development. Then every morning we take samples to measure the brix as well as to control the temperature and the evolution of the alcohol rate. Wine production requires a precise follow-up to reach its best results!