Three Questions with… Jan Landis of Vynecrest

1. What is happening in the vineyard during April? What is the status of the wines being made from the 2015 harvest?

We have just finished pruning; now we are tying up the vines and cleaning out the cuttings from the vineyards. We will be planting 700 new vines toward the end of April, including Gruner Veltliner, to accompany our Traminette, Riesling, and Pinot Gris, our other northern European white grapes. So far, we have bottled our blush and concord wines from last year’s harvest and will continue to bottle throughout the late spring and early summer.

2. The wine trail’s annual Vino in the Valley event just ended. What do you think are some of the things that wine lovers enjoyed most about this year’s event?

I served as passport stamper for two Saturdays and Sundays for Vino in the Valley, so I got to greet everyone coming through our winery. I love that! I always ask people how are things “on the trail.” I heard only good reports on the food, the wine and best of all, the passport holder gift. We all loved wearing the t-shits here at Vynecrest, and by weekend three, a lot of people who came back a second time with their friends were wearing the event t-shirts as well.

3. What exciting events and new wine releases does Vynecrest have coming up this spring?

We are using more food trucks this year because everyone loves them, and there is such a wonderful variety of them. For example, on Mother’s Day Saturday, we will have a cupcake/dessert truck at the winery, and for Father’s Day Saturday there will be a Bar-B-Q truck, so something for everyone.

Our No. 37 wine is being released late-March/early-April. We started this series with No. 36 (a sell out) which was the best expression of the red grapes from our 36th harvest (2013). No. 37 is 50% Cabernet Franc, a blend including Cab Franc, Merlot, Chambourcin and Lemberger from our 2014 harvest.