Laddsburg Mountain Winery's Vineyards
Laddsburg: Currently has 2 acres of vines planted. This was our first site established in 1998. Currently has Cayuga, Seyval-Blanc, Vincent, Concord, Niagra, and just recently Riesling.
Estella: We have 10 acres of vines planted. The varieties consist of Cayuga, Leon-Millot, Landot-Noir, Marquette, Brianna, and Geisenheim. Future plantings planned are a new, un-named cultivar known as NY96.
Standing Stone: A small 1 acre plot of Catawba, and Noiret. Consistently produces our best crop loads. This is due to being situated on the Susquehanna River lowland. Rich, fertile soils and an extended growing season allow the ripening of these late varieties.
Other Source Grapes: We have developed a relationship with a new grower in the area with 5 acres of vines planted consisting of Cayuga, Prairie-Star, and Noiret. Expansion is on going and future plantings of Frontenac-Gris, NY95 , and Riesling are anticipated. Very exciting site with high elevation, loose loamy soil situated on a rare limestone bed. Frosts are minimized and it is anticipated this site will produce outstanding fruit quality.
Training and Pruning:
Our vines are grown on a variety of trellising techniques. From Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP), to High Wire Cordon, to Modified Henry. Each variety has itâ€™s own unique growing and production habits with a preferred trellising system. We do primary pruning beginning in January and this continues through March. We do all of our hand pruning and do not source out migrant work.
We are not an organic winery nor do we pretend to be. Grapes are extremely susceptible to various disease and insect problems. We need to spray. Else, we would never have an acceptable crop. We do try to limit the amount of spray we use by using disease resistant varieties and by best management practices that reduce the threat of disease. We subscribe to an integrated pest management scheme (IPM) and pay due diligence to what and when we are spraying. It is our intent to increase the amount of â€œBullet-Proof" varieties and remove those that are ultra susceptible to diseases.Â Â