And here it goes, another year ahead of us. Cheers to hours spent in the vineyard trimming suckers, shoot thinning and pulling weeds. We look forward and hope for a busy successful year ahead. We hope you follow us along the journey.
We are super excited for the new wine releases in June, so stay tuned…..
Tofino Food and Wine Festival is a weekend of food and wine events on the west coast. Its signature event, Grazing in the Gardens, is a showcase of local culinary talent and British Columbia wines, craft ciders and beers, set in the beautiful Tofino Botanical Gardens. Grazing is a chance to mingle with Tofitians, meet local chefs, island purveyors, regional winemakers and more, complemented with edible treats and libations.
Wren studied jazz music at VIU, and I will be graduating this spring with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. She plays in several bands in Nanaimo, and solo acts with piano and ukulele. Wren is also very active in the theatre community, and teaches music lessons, as well as some performance classes at Kismet Theatre Academy. Join us on Sunday as Wren takes the stage, performing a solo act https://wrenbeckley.wixsitehttp://millstonewinery.ca/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=page.com/mysite
We have just released our 2016 Heritage Apple. Small batch of mixed heirloom apples and Ortega grapes. Our apples were hand-cut, hand-macerated and pressed into stainless and blended with Ortega. This fun, unique blend is a dry aromatic wine with beautiful notes of ripe apples and honey. Available in the tasting room only. This cider style wine makes the perfect Christmas gift, and the label is too cute.
It’s Christmas at the Winery! Join us on the weekends for the month of December. Enjoy our delicious mulled wine by the glass, and mingle around the fire. Snacks are available. Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm. Happy Tasting
I am taking orders for hand-made Christmas wreaths until December 22nd. Please call me to place your order.
And just like that Harvest 2017 has finished. It was a hectic spring, summer and fall, with a few mishaps along the way, but it is such a relief to have the crop picked. We get to sleep in a little bit later now, but its also a busy time in the cellar with the fermentations finishing up, its now racking racking and more racking. We still have ¼ of the vineyard netting to take down, and in time it will happen. Christmas is around the corner again, another busy time of the year with events, bottling and new wine releases. We are 2 weeks out from the release of our Heritage. The heritage is a blend of Ortega Wine, and Apples . We called this heritage, as its made with a variety of heirloom apples from our orchard block. The trees there are well over 100 years old. The perfect late fall wine. A favorite is the Blackberry wine, and we release this around the same time every year. 2 weeks before Christmas! The blackberry makes a great gift or stocking stuffer, and it doesnt last long. Best to get your name on the list fast. Stay tuned for our releases and whats happening…. we post a lot of our stuff on Instagram. @millstonewinery
Summer has officially hit, and it hit with a bang. Our tractor broke down, and unfortunately we are still waiting on the parts, but we do what it takes to get the job done, and that’s where our 1948 Willy’s jeep came in. It’s loud, sounds like a fire truck, and not so environmental friendly, however it’s what had to be done. There is lots of work in the vineyard to do. We are pulling out some hefty weeds after the rainy spring we had, and getting ready to put the first wire up. The chickens are loving all of the bugs that come along with the weeds. We have 12 new hens that have joined the family. The first couple of weeks, they watched the elders and didn’t leave the coop much. Now they are as happy as can be, free ranging and following the others into the vineyard. Lots of landscaping has been done around the grounds to host the busy season ahead. In May we released our first Rose vintage. 100% Merlot. It’s a dry style, super refreshing, and perfect for the patio days. We hope to see you here……
Next week on August 8th we are releasing our 2015 Bastion Blanc white blend, our 2015 Ortega, as well as the release of the long awaited Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. Stop by the tasting room next week and pick some up!