The grape varietals that we grow in our vineyard are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Savagnin. The vines are planted in rows facing north to south on gentle slopes. The direction of the rows allows for maximum sun exposure. Planting on a slope maximizes air circulation which assists in preventing low frost pockets. Our winemaker, Andrzej Lipinski, assistant winemaker, Patti Fixter and vineyard manager, Frank DeLeeBeeck work together to monitor and care for the vines to ensure that only top quality fruit is produced.
When visiting the winery you will notice that we have a few wind machines in the vineyard. They are used to protect the grapes during late spring frosts, early fall frosts and extremely cold winter days. The wind machines pull warm air down from high above ground during extreme cold temperature changes and raise the air temperature around the vines and grapes.
Here at the Burning Kiln Winery our harvest generally begins in mid-September last through October for the vinifera varietal grapes that we grow. Before each grape varietal is harvested it undergoes numerous tests for quality and sugar levels. It is only then that the grapes are harvested, pressed and fermented to be transformed into wine. Along with top quality fruit, passion, pride and plain old hard work go are the key ingredients in every bottle of Burning Kiln Wine.