Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FLCC VITICULTURE and WINE CENTER

FLCC VITICULTURE & WINE CENTER
SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015 1:00 PM

Paul Brock toured 40 people through the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center which opened in January 2015. The Viticulture and Wine Center features a teaching winery, enology laboratory, aging rooms, wine storage, a crush pad, a classroom, a kitchen area, and office space.  In addition, a rotating vineyard is featured next to the winery.
Directions:  A carpool will leave from the Sly Street parking lot behind the Ontario County Courthouse at 12:20 PM.   Head south on Sly Street and take a left onto Ontario Street.  Continue east on County Road 4 towards Geneva.  Turn right onto Pre Emption Road and drive about one half mile.  Take a left onto Empire Drive.  The FLCC  Viticulture and Wine Center is at 100 Empire Drive, Geneva, NY 14456.

Looking north from Pre-Emption Road
Arriving at our destination
The reception area for wine tasting and hospitality
Paul tells us about the Viticulture and Wine Technology degree program https://www.flcc.edu/viticulture/
Rotating vineyard started with 12 vines - 2 vines to be rotated each year
Discussion continues in the classroom

Paul's kids share illustrations
Label designs are created by FLCC students enrolled in various programs
Thanks to Leona for this photo!
Paul invites us to the wine making lab room









Then onto the pressing and fermenting area
Proper ventilation is key to prevent carbon dioxide poisoning (the number one cause of death in the wine making business)

Fermenting tanks
The building was designed to make use of natural lighting
Three storage areas: room temperature, refrigerated, and freezer
Paul explains "root stock" and grafting

Outdoor receiving area for crushing and pressing:


We want to thank Paul Brock for the phenomenal amount of information he shared with us during our tour including the history, science, and philosophy about the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center and wine making in general.  
Paul is the owner-winemaker of Silver Thread Vineyard

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