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2020 Winery and Vineyard


April 1 April 1

April 1 - Fruit Trees and Vineyard looking good...a new year begins...NUMBER 7 for Safari Creek!!!


2020 is a dryer year, about 1/3 of our normal rain. Also this is the year of the coronavirus pandemic. Will the demand for wine up or down? Will the lack of rain result in a lighter harvest, but superior quality? Will there be more grapes available to home winemakers or less? Only time will answer these questions and more...

The 2020 plan for Safari Creek will emphasize quality. Our 2020 details are:

  • Chardonnay - (est. 600lbs) backyard harvest and make a still white wine with a hint of oak
  • Pinot Gris - (400 lbs) make a still white wine and part will be used to make champagne
  • Albarino - (500 lbs) make a still white wine (some w/oak and some w/o) and part will be used to make champagne
  • Champagne - make our 2nd vintage of champagne(6 cases/15 gallons) with 50% Pinot Gris and 50% Albarino
  • Cabernet Franc - (350 lbs) make a still red with oak; for barrel and bottling
  • Mourvedre - (350 lbs) if unable to locate Cabernet Franc
  • Barbera - (200 lbs) as an experiment if a source can be found
  • Zinfandel/Primitivo - (200 lbs) 2018 was good so get another vintage if a source can be found
  • Tempranillo - (300 lbs) make a still red with oak and some Rose
May 21

May 21 - A month and a half after above images our chardonnay vineyard continues to develop nicely. The quality of the foilage is the best ever. Maybe because of the early warm weather or simple another year more mature. But there is a lot of growing season left so monitoring will continue!!!!