Harvest 101 – McIntyre Vineyards is Celebrating 25 years in the Highlands: September 15th, 2012
Steve McIntyre Invites You To Explore Enjoy and Indulge
MONTEREY, CA -- McIntyre Vineyards Harvest 101 vineyards tour is honoring the wineries 25th year in the Highlands. The festivities will be at McIntyre Estate vineyards on Saturday, September 15th at 11:00am.
Join Steve McIntyre at his beautiful Santa Lucia Highland's family vineyard. This is a great opportunity to experience a day in the life of a winemaker. Walk along with Steve and his colleagues to sample the grapes, analyze acidity and test PH levels. See if "the winemaker in you" can determine if it is time to Harvest.
Attendees will taste some delicious McIntyre wines, along with a lovely lunch amidst the Vineyard. Come and enjoy a day in this world renowned wine growing region, Santa Lucia Highlands.
• Tickets are $65 per person to the public
• FREE for Club Members!!!
• Space is limited so call the Tasting Studio at 831-649-
• Once you RSVP directions will be given to you to McIntyre Vineyards, 40410 Arroyo Seco Rd, Soledad, CA.
McIntyre Family in the Highlands:
The McIntyre Estate Vineyard is located in the central section of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Originally planted by the McFarland family in 1973, it boasts some of the Highlands’ oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines. A 1979 Pinot Noir from the vineyard, under the Stony Hill label, is still regarded as one of the finest early varietally-labeled Pinots from the district.
In March, 1987, Steve McIntyre purchased the eighty acre property. With his experience from neighboring Hahn estate, Steve was an enthusiastic early believer in the Highlands and was instrumental in helping define and promote it, eventually resulting in official recognition of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation.
Steve McIntyre’s three decades of experience as a winegrower in the Santa Lucia Highlands has translated into huge demand for his grapes. In addition to the fruit set aside for his own McIntyre brand, Steve sells Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the property to several other ultra-premium producers, including Morgan, Ariana, De Tierra, Joullian, and La Rochelle.
Early bud break and fruit set are one of the advantages of McIntyre’s Highlands location. Mid-season leaf pulling and other canopy management techniques help focus the vines’ efforts. Harvest on the McIntyre Estate typically begins in mid-September and can run into late October. The McIntyre family employs sustainable viticultural practices on the home estate through the use of bio-diverse systems and cover crops.