We are not even half the way through a quite mild winter here in mid-Missouri. The prospect of such moderate temperatures during this time of the year will probably tempt more grape growers to risk plantings of less cold hardy Vinifera grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon and others. However, those varietals are not likely to survive the extreme cold temperatures dished up during the winter by cold air masses coursing south from the arctic. We might not get that this year; but it is something we expect to happen most winters. That is why viticulturists in areas subject to continental climate norms, such as severe cold spells, rely on varietals that can survive extremely low temperatures. These varieties consist of French-American hybrids and American varietals that make up the mainstay of continental climate viticulture. We’re talking varietals such as Vignoles, Vidal, Chardonel, Chambourcin, Concord, Norton, etc. The Vinifera varieties just are not hardy enough to produce reliably in our climate, yet; stay tuned for more global warming.
Here in the Cellars at Adam Puchta Winery, we’re spending the winter processing the 2015 harvest. That involves a series of gradual refinements consisting of finings, filtrations and stabilizing processes in preparing the wines for bottling. The goal of which is to have each particular wine achieve its best expression when poured into your glass. Here’s to a great 2016!