I’m new to the Virginia area, as well as the viticulture life style. After being at Boxwood for a few weeks now, I have experienced the Grand Opening of their Middleburg tasting room relocation to the winery. The overcoming beauty of the new tasting room takes a few seconds to adjust to. The state-of-the-art winery gives a great backdrop to taste the wines. I did a tasting, and being able to see where your wine is fermented, aged and bottled in a matter of seconds makes you appreciate what I am doing out in the vineyard.
Being Boxwood’s first International Business major to intern, even more so Boxwood’s first Business major to take a field internship, I am getting a perspective of the wine making process from the ground up. Literally, I started my job internship in the fields bent over suckering the vines. This work is done so the vines are able to concentrate their energy into two shoots per head. After this I was taught how to prune the vines. The Cabernet Franc vines grow extremely fast and by pruning their tops it allows the vines to concentrate more of their energy into growing the shoots that haven’t yet matured and take away from those that have.