Construction at Twain’s Vineyard continues with solid progress . The foundation for the main tasting room/retail store is poured and set. The building design provides a spacious tasting room and retail shop on the first floor with an old timey front porch for patrons to enjoy while tasting some of the area’s finest selections. Coupled with the pavilion and an ever-present mountain top breeze, it is sure to be one of the most relaxing experiences anyone could ask for.
In addition to the foundation, the posts lining the road leading to the tasting room have been driven. The post are set at 71/2 foot centers and will support a 1 x 2 ripped Oak top rail centered at 42″. Each space between the posts will contain a Cynthiana French Hybrid grape-vine (see below). A 3/4″ irrigation line will be strapped to the bottom of the Oak top rail and supply water from the well at the main complex.
Please note: you DO NOT want to drive posts manually with a maul out of the bed of a truck as performed above. Let me be the first to tell you that our generation is not cut out for that type of work. As I always say, “work smarter not harder, there is always a better way”. A special thanks to the Turner Family, owners of Belgrade State Bank, for letting us use their tractor with a post driver.
The framing contractors are finishing a previous job and will begin construction on the three story main structure June 1st. Stay tuned for more updates and thanks for checking in.
Cynthiana Grapes produce a rich, full-bodied red wine with a dry character similar in style to Cabernet Sauvignon but with more spice. In fact, it has been called ‘The Cabernet of the Ozarks’.
Excellent resistance to most diseases that affect leaves and fruit. Vigorous plants bear small, flavorful grapes. Ripens in late August to early September, makes deeply pigmented wine.
Cynthiana grape vines to plant can be tough to find, but you can sometimes find them by searching on the Henry Fields website: Cynthiana Wine Grape Vines.
Few species of grapes, can make enough natural sugar, in most years, to be made into a traditional dry wine. Among the two dozen or so grape species native to North America, one has proven to be capable of producing award-winning dry wines. That grape is called ‘Norton’ (scientific name: vitis aestivalis) and it was once a staple of American winemaking and vineyard planting.
Also known as ‘Cynthiana’ (sin-thee-ana), Norton has shown promise as a wine grape but unlike most grape cultivars, it is difficult to propagate from cuttings. Studies have found that rooting can be improved by treating the cuttings with rooting hormone such as indole-3 butyric acid (IBA).
Though it can be somewhat tough to grow, American wine makers were overjoyed to discover this new Wine Grape. It offered the winter-hardiness and strong disease resistance of native grapes, but without the overwhelming “grapey” aromas present in other American grapes. Its resistance to black rot made it ideal for vineyards attempting to grow organically. (Stone Bluff Cellars is an Oklahoma winery currently making a dry red Cynthiana wine)
In Arkansas, it’s usually called Cynthiana and in Missouri it’s most often called Norton. Whether you call it Cynthiana or Norton, the variety has been available for sale commercially since 1830.