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Shiny New Tanks!

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We are growing, yet again. Well, we just added some new tanks to accommodate the growth we’ve experienced over the last several months. The new tanks allow us to be more independent and sustainable. We are moving more and more towards being able to handle all of our production in house. We still have plans for more tanks and another building. These things will help streamline our processes and minimize the set up work involved in different stages of production and different seasons throughout the year/wine making process. Enjoy these photos of how we moved these giant tanks into our temperature controlled cellar.

 

It’s officially Spring.

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It’s officially Spring.

Which, for us, means unpredictable weather. One day we have beautiful sunshine and the next gloomy skies and torrential down pour. But hey, you don’t hear us complaining about rain!! We got 1.5″ of rain in about 30 hours last week. There was even a tornado warning for our area! Crazy.

We have had sunshine-y days this week, but we’re expecting more rain on Thursday. We are really enjoying the amount of rain we are getting here. We have not had any disasters like some of our California neighbors with dam failures and levee breaches so we are thankful for that and hopeful that we don’t see any more major disasters in other parts of our region.

WINTER IS HERE!

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The fog gets thick this time of year. From the office we can’t see much past the new winery building. As we peer down the vineyard, the distant rows fade into the haze. We are called Miramont because of the boundless views we get from every angle of the property, specifically the Sierras to the East and Mount Diablo to the West (Miramont is French for Mountain View)….but today is not one of those days.

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Sparkling Wine for the Holiday Season

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Welcome Back Sara!

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It is so good to have Sara back from maternity leave as we conclude harvest and embark on a busy season closing out the year with our new vintage. Sara captured some of her favorite moments with her new baby and wanted to share those with our valued customers.

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Harvest Update 2016

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At Miramont Estate we are happy to be finished harvesting our vineyard. It is a special time for us, not only because it marks the end of an unpredictable growing season and the beginning of an exciting new vintage, but also because we get to experience it as a family. You can see Michael’s family getting in on the action as they watch their dad drive the harvester.

We harvest most of our vineyard by machine, but some hard to reach areas are harvested by hand. This is when we enjoy getting outside and having a really hands on experience picking grapes side by side with a labor crew, a very valuable temporary addition to our operation. The end result is a beautiful collection of our best grapes which we set aside for our Vintner’s Reserve lot of Cabernet Sauvignon.
But as you can see from the photos, our machine harvested grapes are also top notch. It seems like we say this every year, but we are VERY excited about this vintage. It should be one of our best!!img_5723 img_5726 img_5730 img_5735 img_5736

SUMMER 2016 UPDATE

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Pardon the cliche but time really does fly.  We can’t believe its been so long and how much has changed since our last post.

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Harvest is around the corner.  These grapes are at about 19 brix, so in about 3 more weeks they will be ready.  In addition to the grapes ripening we have been making so many improvements to the grounds and buildings.  We are finally situated in our new building.  Early last week we added three more tanks.

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Here are some of the 500 barrels in the new building.

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“Miramont” is French for view of the mountains.  From our winery we have an amazing view of Mount Diablo and the Sierra Nevadas.  Dave made this beautiful mural on the floor as you walk through the main entrance of our new building.  It is an excellent depiction of Mount Diablo from our property at sunset.  Believe or not the colors are spot on.  We love our view.

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Just last week we had our dusty loading area paved.

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Saving the best for last, the most exciting update is the addition of our beloved Sara’s beautiful baby boy.  Baby Seeley was born on July 9th and weighed 7 lbs 9 ounces.  Baby and mother are healthy and doing well.  They are enjoying their time of bonding.  We definitely miss Sara around here and can’t wait for her to come back.  She thanks everyone for their well wishes and support.

Spring 2016 Update

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Enjoy these images of bud break at Miramont Estate Vineyards.

Meanwhile, there are still a lot of changes taking place at Miramont Estate Vineyards- as Dave works hard to beautify the grounds in new ways, the whole property is starting to take on a new look.

For those of you who visit our winery on a regular (or irregular) basis, one exciting change you will enjoy is our new downstairs office. Still under construction, we expect it to be in full use in about 2 weeks. The new office will occupy our old “shipping department” where you might have seen pallets and totes stacked high in a maze filling our retired tasting room. We enjoy when our customers visit and would love to show you around if you are ever in the area. Just give us a call!

January Construction Update

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We have been getting behind on our construction updates so here is what has been going on for the last couple of months. We snap photos with whatever device is handy at the time so some may be a bit blurry but we think you’ll get the idea. The pool is a fun addition for the family, but it is also fulfilling a building code requirement to have water reserves on our property. It is much prettier than the above-ground water storage tank that was to be the alternative before we got this approved by the county.

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Above: Installation of the tile facing for the water feature

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Above Left: In the background you can see the framing for the walls and roof for the new building.

Above Right: The ground is getting prepped for concrete decking around the pool.

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Above: A closer picture of the framing for the building. Our 10,000 gallon tank is our tallest tank and had to be set on the foundation prior to putting up the walls because it would not have fit through the doors after the building was built.

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Above Left: Here is a view from the “inside” of the building as they install the beams for the roof framing.

Above Right: One of the first walls and one of the first doors to be installed.

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Above Left: From the house balcony, you can see an overview of the progress on both the pool and the building. There are work trucks here constantly. The dogs have gotten used to it and tend to bark less when they arrive. All the walls are up but the roof has yet to be installed.

Above Right: Most of the roof has been installed except that odd triangular intersection of the two wings of the building. Although they put these up panel by panel, there is still a lot of custom work that is involved with the installation. For this triangular section there has to be a lot of precise measuring and cutting to get the right fit. We are at a point where Dave can start installing some of the interior features that the contractors are not responsible for such as air plumbing for the compressor. When he gets the green light, he will start prepping the floor for his custom painted floor mural at the main entry. He’s doing it himself!! He’s been practicing with his new airbrush painting set and he’s pretty good at it!!

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Above: The concrete gets hosed in from one end to the other as the guys work on leveling it out. You’d think something like this takes all day long, but this was just the beginning. They were definitely here all day long but after they leveled, they smoothed it out, scraped in the grooves to make it into “sections” that appear like large tiles, smoothed it out some more, and then started stamping in with texture and design. It is finished curing and soon Dave will start on the staining process to get the color he’s looking for. The pool still needs to be plastered on the inside with the aqua blue tint that Dave and Trish chose. It will soon be ready to fill and we can finalize the surrounding landscaping.

 

November Construction Update

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Concrete pouring was supposed to be a 2-day job. Because of the wishy washy weather patterns, we wound up having to have it poured all on Monday. The crew contracted by Roland Construction worked from 4:00 am until midnight and then came back on Tuesday morning to do some finishing touches.

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The gunite for the pool was installed last week. It was incredible. They spray it on super thick- about 1 foot- and then go back with a trowel and shape it to perfection.

The pool will satisfy the county planning department’s requirement for sufficient water storage for all of the buildings on our property in the case of a fire. The county said that they had never approved a pool as fulfilling this requirement but with the help of our pool contractor, Fetter Pools out of Modesto, we were able to provide the country with similar approval requirements from Stanislaus County where they do this type of thing all the time. We just had to add into the pool plans a plumbing system out to the edge of our drive where a fire department approved hydrant will be installed for easy hook-up if we ever have a fire. The alternative was going to be a 17,000 gallon above-ground water storage tank that had to be secured onto an earthquake foundation. This type of tank would have cost about $35,000. We’re glad that we don’t have to have that unsightly thing at our winery…and since we had to spend the money either way, the pool is going to be a much greater investment into the aesthetics and enjoyment of our winery property! More photos to come soon.

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