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The Estate

OUR ESTATE

Our estate is comprised of 100 acres, with 26 acres currently planted in grape vines. Cabernet Franc is the most widely planted varietal, with 7 acres under cultivation. Chardonnay is the next largest planting, with 6 acres, followed by Seyval Blanc (5 acres) , Norton (3 acres), Albariño (2 Acres) and Malbec (2 acres). A 5-8 acre block of Vidal Blanc is planned for planting in 2017. While the soils of our estate vineyard manifest many variations on a common theme, the primary soil type consists of loamy clay overlying limestone shale.The vineyards are planted to a series of east facing hillsides, which protect the vines from the hot afternoon sun, promoting the retention of volatile aromatic compounds in the fruit. The average harvest yields roughly 4.5 pounds of grapes per vine (2.5 tons per acre), or the equivalent of 2 bottles of wine per vine.

SOIL

The primary soil type at Veramar consists of loamy clay overlying limestone shale.

CLIMATE

Daytime high temperatures in the summer typically fall between 85 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit, but nighttime low temperatures usually can drop to the low 70’s, cooled by a our thermal belt and the proximity to the river.

GRAPE

Seven wine-grape varietals are grown at Veramar, six of which are Vitis vinifera (of European origin): Albariño, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Malbec, Seyval Blanc and Traminette. The seventh varietal, Norton, is a cultivar bred from grapes native to the Americas.

WINERY

The production facility at Veramar includes a mix of French-, Hungarian- and American oak barrels, plus stainless-steel tanks.