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Old World Winemaking ~ Take a Tour with David Mounts on his micro crushpad

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Mounts Family Winery is one of those micro wineries in Dry Creek Valley, borne from third generation wine grape grower David Mounts. Both his father (Richard Mounts) and David have college degrees. With David, it’s from prestigious UC Davis. And after that training and education, David wasn’t going to be satisfied by only growing grapes, as his father and grandfather have so enjoyed. He wanted, nay ~ needed,  to taste the potential of his grapes, when managed with his own techniques.

Not going overboard, and just producing small case lots, in 2005, David and his wife Lana decided to go into production. They both love “good wine,” and decided it was about time. In the family’s 100-year old barn, with some structural updates, improvements were made to allow for a “winery.” With the blessings of his parents, David began his  winemaking career.

Critical acclaim came right away, because he had a vision, education, and the skill.

It’s his equipment that’s worth noting, because it is so small as compared to some of the big guys, to whom the Mounts are selling fruit, by the way.

Checking out this production is very important, because it demonstrates ingenuity and inventiveness, when passion is put to use.


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6 Responses to “Old World Winemaking ~ Take a Tour with David Mounts on his micro crushpad”

  1. Would love to win something wonderful!

    Denise Lowe aka Goddess of Wine

  2. Jo Diaz says:

    And I hope you do!

  3. Marty Johnson says:

    Interesting the difference in scale here in WA, and elsewhere. I moved from winemaking at a 25K case winery (large here) to a small (<1K cases) where we haven't got a conveyer, stainless tanks, must pumps, etc. We have a small destemmer/crusher that is placed on the fermenting bins, use a small pneumatic basket press, and have one impeller pump and three 1" hoses. Grapes and must are moved by hand with pitchforks, shovels and buckets. A real hands on approach. But the techniques are the same! Love how it is a continuation of a process that is thousands of years old. ~Marty J

  4. Jo Diaz says:

    Marty, I also love how something that is thousands of years old still has the audience for authenticity by hand. Commodity wine serves its purpose, but so also does the handcrafted methods. I know there are writers among us who have grown weary of the word “handcrafted,” because so many marketing people have overused it; however, the word will always remain.The reason for that being, when it’s not machine made, it’s handcrafted. I handcraft sweaters; and although mine will have inconsistencies in the tension of each row, the end product has much more character and meaning… It is what it is, and I love the stories that come from winemakers, not so much machines, because they are so meaningful. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Cindy H. says:

    I love this! It’s amazing to see how this family has put this together. I am not a winemaker, or intimately familiar with the details, so it’s fascinating to see these big ‘plastic’ bins holding the fruit. I love this tour and it definitely makes me want to seek out one of their wines to try.

    I love the dog getting into the piece just seconds in too, BTW.

  6. tws says:

    Thank you for the writeup and the video. Very informative.

    TWS Team

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