Six praised varietals wrap the rows of Walker's Bluff's vineyard, which currently occupies one-sixteenth of the grounds. It sounds like the brass tacks of a tall tale: 1700 posts, 20 miles of wire, 4000 tender plantings, and five years transformed 10 acres of stomped cow pasture into stretches of pure non-hybrids. The horticulture specialists at University California-Davis designed strains of West Coast varieties that can thrive in Southern Illinois, something no one else in the region can boast.
Varietals: Barberra, Tempranillo, Syrah, Sangiovese, Pinot Gris and Sagrantino
Anticipation now overshadows the hardest days of work, and the inaugural barrels will soon be tapped for grand celebration.
Exciting announcements to come, so please check back often.