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HAVE A WONDERUL WINTER! Thanks you for an amazing year! We will see you at the Tasting Room when we re-open on Februrary 1st.
Democracy Vineyards

Update from Ben Marguiles,Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

The vineyards enter their winter dormant period in November, but the winery is a pretty busy place. As the wines finish their primary fermentation, they are “racked” from one container to another. Racking pumps the clean wine to a new container, leaving behind the lees, or yeast solids from fermentation. Dawn’s Light, Republic, Pinotage and Chambourcin have all been racked. Some wines require additions of tartaric acid to avoid a flat, flabby wine, and some wines have received additions of bentonite to prevent the formation of haze in the bottle. As the wines settled, we’ve also arranged some sale of “bulk wine” to other wineries in the state. Selling this wine balances the fruit that the vineyard produces with the wines we sell under the Democracy Label.

In November, I attended the Southeastern Wine and grape symposium in Surry, North Carolina. I spent two days learning about technologies and techniques of winemaking as well as marketing and vineyard practices. While I was in North Carolina, I also picked up two new Hungarian Oak Barrels. These will hold the Petit Verdot/Petit Manseng blend. In the Virginia Vineyards Association, we’re putting together the schedule for the 2015 Winter Technical Meeting in Charlottesville.

In December, I’ll begin assembling the blends for the 2014 vintage, as well as begin pruning the vines.

Châteaux, Rivers and Wine

Viking River Cruise - Chateaux Rivers and Wine
Join Friends of Democracy, as well as Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery and Lazy Days Winery on an exciting Viking River cruise from August 8 to 15, 2015! This river cruise travels through some of the loveliest wine country in France from Bordeaux to Pauillac, Libourne [home of St. Emilion], Cadillac [famous for Sauternes] and back to Bordeaux. Prices for the cruise range from $2555.50 to $3755.50 per person and include 6 guided tours, all meals and local wines, and port charges. Pre- and Post- packages can be added on for Paris and Loire Valley. A $500 deposit is required.


For more information, contact Susan Lineberry, Cruises Inc. at 434-263-6011 or 866-952-7700 or via email.

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