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Basha Kill Vineyards, New York – Paul Deninno

March 17, 2012

Why do you do what you do?

After two different careers, one in auto mechanics and one in the IT field, I decided that life is too short not to do what you love.

How do you do it?

In the farm/winery business you have to do many different jobs and it never stops. Right now I just take one day at a time and have fun with it.

What obstacles have you overcome?

Sweet wines without chemical additives have been my biggest obstacles. Sweet wines without additives like to ferment in the bottle and sterile filtration is very hard to do without a completely sterile environment. We finally found a solution to our sweet wines but took some time.

 

What disasters have you survived?

Last year was probably my worst. We tried to use sheep in the vineyard to control weeds. Copper is poisonous to sheep so we had to change our spray program in the vineyard and cut out the copper spray. Copper probably works the best for organic growers and being such a wet year I lost my entire crop to black rot. That was devastating, but I learned now how to use the sheep early in the season then rotate them to pasture for the rest of the year, which allows me to spray a copper fungicide when it is needed.

Are you happy with your work?

I couldn’t be happier with what I do.

Is it worth the effort?

Absolutely. Having a bottle of wine you made that exceeds your expectations is the biggest reward.

 

Andy

website:  www.bashakillvineyards.com

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