In the six yeas that I have been writing about wine the one lesson that I have repeatedly learned is that starting a winery is a bad idea. There is too much uncertainty and there are too many things that can go wrong in the wine business. While, the reward of producing a beautiful wine that brings joy to the people who drink can be a strong temptation, the fact that you won't make much money off that joy is a sobering thought.
But, if you are reading this blog, it has probably occurred to you at some point that you would like to start your own winery. The good news for you is that Virginia Wine superstar Gabriele Rausse is giving a talk entitled Starting a Vineyard at Monticello on Saturday, March 10th from 9:30-11:30:
Virginia’s “God of Wine” Gabriele Rausse will lead this two-hour workshop in the Monticello vineyards. He’ll discuss the basic principles of grape growing—variety and site selection, trellis systems, soil preparation, planting, pruning, pest control, and harvesting—and provide beginning grape growers a foundation in serious viticulture. $15
This really is a great opportunity and you will undoubtedly learn a lot.