...and ours seems to be tested on a daily basis these days. This spring and summer has been a doozy as far as the weather has been concerned. Lundblads, who are building our road, seem to make a little progress on the road project, then it rains, and couple of days are needed to dry things up, they work for a day or two, and then it rains again. This seems to have been the weather cycle all summer long. So, we are about 3 weeks behind on construction from where we would like to be, but slowly we are making more progress each week that goes by.
This week they pushed hard to get the road finished and are now hauling in gravel to complete it. Of course it rained again on Friday and Saturday LOL.
The next step will be to prepare the building pad and get the foundation and footings set. We are still waiting on our State Plumbing Plan approval and are not able to pour any concrete until that plan has come back as approved. We are also waiting on our Federal liquor license from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) so we can submit for our State Farm Winery License. We are not allowed to make any alcohol until we receive all of our licenses back, so we are really getting down to the wire! There are so many moving parts to this project but I think we are managing it all OK - some days better than others. I may have lost a few more hairs and Joe may have gained a few more grays, but things are still moving along and all of the plates are still spinning as far as we know :)
On a positive note, we received our Plan Review approval from the MN Department of Ag last week so we can move forward with our tasting room and kitchen plans with hopefully zero delays! Wooo Whoo!!!
This week's vineyard project has been to get the vines tucked up into the wires, get caught up on mowing, and do some vine training. Throughout the growing season the vines grow every which way and can get pretty gnarly, but by getting the vines tucked up into the wires the fruit will absorb the heat, take in the sun light, and start making sugars that are essential to the wine making process. Good wine is really made in the vineyard!
If you follow us on FB you might have seen our add for a farm hand. If you know of anyone that is looking for a job, and is willing to be flexible and work outside, please send them our way!
I'm hopeful by next week we will have made some strides on getting started on the building and will be back with another update!
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I'm Melanie, co-owner of Rolling Forks Vineyards, boy mom & wine lover.