RDV’s Opus Novus Wine Adventure

The Church of the Epiphany family gathered together on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for our “Opus Novus” (new deed) Wine Adventure, which included an “estate” update, the blessing of the Vineyard, and an early birthday celebration/roast for our Vicar, Melissa.  The Bishop’s Hall was all decked out, the nibbles were elegantly displayed, and the wine choices were apropos to the varietals growing on the hill: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel and Durif (Petite Sirah).

Enjoy these images of an afternoon well spent.


The planting is complete!

blooming yucca

Under clear blue skies, with crisp breezes and mild temperatures, the final rootstock were planted this morning.

We had a great turnout, and everybody who came to work had the opportunity to participate in the planting ritual.

With a little more weeding, some path work and general clean-up, the Red Door Vineyard will be all set for mother nature to take over.

blue skies and puffy clouds







walking the rows





while weeding, we disturbed a cloud of freshly hatched grasshoppers. this one agreed to his first baby pic.


Vineyard Images

Early mornings are especially beautiful up on the hill.
Enjoy these images.  We hope they will entice you to join us for a work day.
Whether it’s digging a hole, planting a vine, or pulling a weed, it’s good for the soul.

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”  ~May Sarton


It Begins!

Work has finally begun on the vineyard! After being delayed by three weekends of rainy weather, last Saturday a determined group of volunteers placed trellis posts and filled 47 prepared holes with conditioned soil in anticipation of receiving the rootstock. Many thanks to Vince Caimano, Sean and Jamie Pawlak, Kim and Tom Seegan, and Stacey and Steve Stephens for their work on the hill. The vineyard is beginning to look like… a vineyard!