Winery foundation.

It’s been a long time coming to this point, but a little more progress has just been made. We started digging out for the foundation last week, and of course, we hit rock. I guess that’s what happens when you decide to put a winery on a mountain. We’ve had to make a couple of adjustments to the orientation of the building, but luckily, not enough to negatively impact the views or our landscaping plan. If all goes according to plan, and by plan I mean if the weather allows it, by the end of the week, the rest of the foundation and the footers will be dug out. My plan is to go down on Friday with my Dad and pour the footers. Then the following week, we’ll be able to start building the wall that will divide the back part of the winery where our wine will be made from the front part, which will one day, hopefully, be a tasting room. I still have some decisions to make when it comes to the interior layout of the winery, but luckily, I have some time on that.


Winery Foundation dug out.

Update – 12/24/2011:
Yesterday, my Dad and I went down and poured the footer for the winery building. As it turns out it rained WAY more overnight than we thought it had. Luckily I hadn’t scheduled the delivery of the concrete until ten o’clock so we were able to dig a ditch so that the water would run off from the footer. I got done shovelling the mud from the dirt that had collapsed into the footer just in time for the arrival of the concrete truck. We finished up, stopped off at Dr. Ho’s for an order of their awesome fresh cut fries while we waited for our pizza. We headed off to meet Stephen at Keswick Vineyards where he joined us for that pizza before we tried his 2011 wines. As has been said in just about everything written about the 2011 Virginia harvest, this was probably the toughest year Virginia wines have ever had, with record rainfall and lack of sun at the worst possible time. But despite all of that, Stephen has done a great job, as always, and I’m looking forward to the finished product. This is what the finished footer looks like, it may not seem like much, but it’s a very important step to getting a building up.


Winery footer is now poured.

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