Mar 22, 2012
The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has partnered with Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance and Bet the Farm Winery to host again our "Be a Wine Maker for a Week Contest". Check out the site winemakerforaweek.com to sign up or sign up at any of the Cayuga Lake Wineries.
The grand prize includes a complete weeklong vacation package for two, with accommodations provided by the stunning Hope Lake Lodge.
Complete winemaking itinerary:
Monday, October 1 and Tuesday morning, October 2, 2012: Long Point Winery.
Your duties will include sanitizing fermentation bins, stainless steel crusher destemmers, and bladder presses, along with any hoses that may come in contact with crushed grape juice.
Sanitizing may sound tedious, but it plays a vital role in the winemaking process. Starting with a clean environment for the process of crushing, pressing, fermenting quality wine juice grapes and creating quality wine is essential.
Picking baskets will also be pressure washed at a minimum of 180 degrees F. Should they have grapes to be crushed and pressed on September 23, then they will be dumped directly into the crusher/destemmer and/or pressed off the skins for white grapes, or sent directly to open fermentors and kept on their skins for red grapes.
Other duties may include, but are not limited to, evaluating grapes still on the vine, tasting, and measuring sugars, Ph, and total acidity within the grapes to determine when and where the grapes are within the harvest schedule. Should grapes be already crushed and fermenting then you will monitor the fermentation to determine the conversion of sugars into wine.
Tuesday afternoon, October 2, 2012
Being a winemaker does not stop at harvest and crush, or even when the wine is in the bottle. For winemakers at many Finger Lakes wineries, their duties also include working in the tasting room and selling their product to consumers. In this part of the experience, you’ll learn about engaging the customer. We’ll teach you a little bit about our wines first (we’ll even send you some notes ahead of time). After a couple of practice pours, you’ll be “front and center” presenting and selling our wines. We’ll be there to back you up on the register – and to help with the many details that make up a retail operation. You’ll leave with an appreciation for the final stages of the winemaker’s work. And you’ll get to enjoy one of the truly fun aspects of being a winemaker – sharing the product and your story with people who love wine! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012: Six Mile Creek Vineyard
This Winemaker event will involve the visitor in assisting the winemaker and distiller with many of the events involved in the crush at our small boutique winery. The tasks engaged in will be weather and harvest dependent but will certainly encompass some of the following activities. Harvesting, pressing and crushing grapes, distilling wine for Vodka or pomace for Grappa, familiarization with equipment and methods of winemaking and tasting and food pairing to enjoy the fruits of everyone’s labor. Come ready to work, learn and enjoy some of the many aspects of viticulture and enology.
Thursday, October 4 and Friday morning, October 5: King Ferry Winery
King Ferry Winery, maker of Treleaven wines, has been producing world-class wines for over 20 years. They will be offering a unique day for those intrigued by the intricacies of winemaking. This day will consist of a one-on-one “working” tour with one of our winemakers, providing you with the chance to have all of your questions answered. Possibilities will vary with the season, from helping with the crush, to taming the vineyard, to helping with the harvest. The tour will conclude a specialized tasting with the winemaker, owner, or tasting room manager. The package also includes a picnic lunch from one of our great local restaurants.
Friday afternoon, October 5: Bet the Farm Winery
More retail experience at the winery while engaging the customer and presenting and selling wines.
This experience will be a gateway for you to enjoy the wonder of making wine and the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region! So what are you waiting for enter today!
Check out the winemakerforaweek.com website for further details and start to enter now. Voting closes Tuesday, June 15 at Noon.