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Starfield Vineyards Blog

Check here regularly for news and events planned for the next several months.


Jennifer Hunt
 
April 26, 2019 | Jennifer Hunt

Spring has Arrived

Bud Break

We have bud-break! Due to a lingering winter the vines are getting a late start this year. We are about two weeks later than previous years, but this is what makes each vintage so unique. Now that our vines are leafing out, all the vineyard maintenance activities are accelerated. We choose to employ sustainable practices throughout the property to keep the land and the animals who live here healthy.

Construction Update

Construction Update

The Tasting Room is taking shape and the interior framing is complete. We’ve added a small commercial kitchen so we can provide delicious bites to accompany our wines. We are also constructing a Tasting Bar and Tasting Patio. Whether you choose to sample wine at the Tasting Bar or sit outdoors enjoying the view, we hope you have a memorable guest experience. We anticipate we will open our doors in late-May to early June, stay tuned.

Starfield in Bloom

Starfield in Bloom

We had another beautiful forsythia and daffodil bloom earlier this month and have been enjoying early rhododendrons with more still to come. Our Canadian serviceberries are at their peak and are stunning with their white blossoms. Dogwoods are just starting to bloom with an array of pink and white flowers. When you walk along the trails, surrounded by trees and foliage, you will feel as if you are in a forest with wine! The landscape was planted with the goal of having something new in bloom or in “color” throughout most of the year. This allows guests to experience the beautiful scenery of the Sierra foothills and to admire the vineyards in every season.

We sincerely thank you for your support of our winery. Should you have any questions or inquiries, please do not hesitate to email Jennifer, our Director of Hospitality and DTC Operations, at jennifer@starfieldvineyards.com. We look forward to hosting you soon!

Time Posted: Apr 26, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Jennifer Hunt
 
March 27, 2019 | Jennifer Hunt

Hoping for Spring

Winemaking Update

Winemaking Update

Last month's weather brought us a very beautiful "Winter Wonderland" and some epic "Powder Days" up in Tahoe, but it also brought us vineyard delays. Our pruning efforts are getting off to a later start than usual thus pushing back "bud break". "Bud break" is when the new buds form on the vines. We anticipate that "bud break" will happen within the next month for the early varietals such as Viognier and Grenache. These new buds will grow and ripen into what will become the 2019 vintage!

This month we have tirelessly been working on fine-tuning and perfecting our 2018 blends. The completed blends for the 2018 white and Rosé wines will be bottled in April. Once these wines have had time to rest in the bottle and are tasting perfectly, we will announce their official release via social media as well as email. All new releases will be available for purchase online and of course, in our tasting room once it opens mid-May/June. We are beyond excited to be sharing these new wines with you soon - especially the Rosé! It is truly a summertime stunner!

Construction Update

Construction Update

The clock is ticking with projects to complete before our opening in mid-May/June. Our hardworking crews have diligently been focused on the tasks at hand and each day we get closer and closer to opening! Pictured above, we are completing a section of the Rose Arbor pathway that will link the Tasting Room Patio and parking area to the Amphitheater and Lake Pavilion. Just imagine as you meander down the path through the Rose Arbor, you are flanked on each side with the lush beauty of the vines while soaking in a shady canopy of fragrant flowers! Additionally, construction on our Tasting Room, Tasting Room Patio and commercial kitchen have begun! It won't be too much longer now until our guests and club members are able to enjoy a flight at our Tasting Bar or indulge in a cheese plate and bottle on the patio!

Starfield In Bloom

Starfield In Bloom

Here at Starfield, not only are we passionate and dedicated to the art of winemaking and growing the best grapes possible, we are equally committed to sharing this spectacular piece of land with our guests and club members. To understand Sierra Foothills wine, we believe it's important for guests to get out and experience the Foothills, to become personally acquainted with the terroir of Starfield. Our nature trails are a phenomenal way for you to enjoy the terroir and explore the diversity of our Estate Vineyards while savoring the gorgeous blooms each season has to offer. We have curated and planned so that our landscape has an array of blooms 10 months out of the year for you to enjoy! This Pink Flowering Currant greeted us the other day as we enjoyed our walk around Starfield lake. Below is some quick info as to what to expect on these beautiful trails! Did we mention we cannot wait to share this with you all?!

  • 67 acres total
  • 31 acres planted in vines
  • 17 different grape varieties in 24 small blocks
  • 2,200 – 2425' elevation
  • Click here to see our Estate vineyard & trail map
  • Starfield's trail network is over 2 miles long as it weaves through the vineyards, gardens, forest, and ponds.
  • The shortest single loop is a quarter of a mile.
  • The longest continuous loop is 1.3 miles
  • Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome to join our guests and members on the trails!
  • Gardens cover about 10 acres
  • 15,000 Daffodils
  • 300 Dogwoods of 14 varieties
  • 600 Rhododendrons of 100 varieties
  • 100 Serviceberry Trees & Bushes
  • 100 Mock Oranges
  • 150 Wild Roses
  • 150 Sulfur Buckwheat
  • 500 Maples
  • 150 Water Lilies
  • 100 Scarlet Oaks
  • 100 Gingkos
  • 75 Aspen
  • 50 White Alder
  • 50 River Birch
  • Plus an abundance of California Poppies, Native Wildflowers, Hydrangeas, Azaleas, Camellias, and many, many other plants!
  • A wide range of native wildlife and birds, such as Western Bluebirds, Black Phoebes, Red Tail Hawks, Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, Rufous Hummingbird and an endless amount of many other birds
  • Three ponds stocked with Western Pond Turtles, Golden Shiner Fish, Sacramento Perch, Bass, and Bluegill

We sincerely thank you for your support of our winery. Should you have any questions or inquiries, please do not hesitate to email Jennifer, our Director of Hospitality and DTC Operations, at jennifer@starfieldvineyards.com. We look forward to hosting you soon!

Time Posted: Mar 27, 2019 at 9:00 AM