at Eckert Estate Winery
Eckert came to the Livermore Valley in 1986 to raise horses.
However, after an evening at a Winemaker's dinner Michael had
a change of heart and planted Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings he
obtained from a local winery. With his new vineyard and his
enology course work from U.C. Davis, Michael was ready to make
Vineyard to bottle the work is done by Michael and family with
help from some dedicated high school friends.
Pruning vineyards in the late summer
allows more sun to reach and ripen the grapes.
pruning, covering the vines with netting will ensure grapes
will become wine and not a feast for the birds.
Michael uses a refractometer
to measure the Brix (fruit sugar) in the grapes. This instrument
helps to determine the peak of ripeness and the right time to
pick the grapes.
With help from Michael's dedicated high
school friends and family he is able to crush and press several
tons of grapes each year.
After the wine has been aged and bottled,
Michael's friends help to label. Jim Davis comments, " It's
a great way for us to get together and stay in touch."
Once all this hard work is done, come
the fruits of the labor.
Vickie Eckert pours wine in the tasting room for