The Sign

The Sign

The Sign

We have been talking about a sign for the property for almost two years. Like many other aspects of the property we knew we wanted to construct the sign ourselves and include a connection to the history of the property if we could. Over the course of the past couple years, we have enjoyed looking at and discussing other signs we have seen and what we liked or maybe did not like about them in an effort to bring our vision to life. We came across letters that we really liked the style of at a winery tasting room in

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Pruning the Vines, Part I

Pruning the Vines, Part I

One of my least favorite parts of tending vines, but one that can’t be ignored. Pruning. It’s got the same ring to it as weeding for me. Except with pruning, I’m actually taking off parts of a healthy viable plant. With weeds you’re just getting rid of something that wants to take over your garden or yard and ruin everything. It’s not the labor part that makes me hesitate to go into the vineyard to lop off shoot after shoot of potential grape producing branches. It’s the fact that I haven’t mastered the skill of choosing what to cut and

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5 Fun Guest Book Ideas

Now that you’ve booked your venue (hopefully Bonaventura Vineyards!), your photographer, caterer, entertainment, florist, officiant and chosen what you will wear on your special day, you can start thinking about some of the fun details like your guest book! Here are 5 fun ideas to get you started thinking about how you would like to capture the well wishes from all your guests on your wedding day! #1. Our friends at Maine Photo Booth Bus Co. https://mainephotobus.com/ have a great way to take your guest book to a new level! They offer an optional upgrade when you book Lucy; take

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Maple Syrup Season, Part III

Maple Syrup Season, Part III

The final step in the syrup making process involves a finish boil of the sap we transferred from the evaporator into the pots. We complete this process in the house on our kitchen stove top. Check out the Part I http://bonaventuravineyards.com/?p=761 and Part II http://bonaventuravineyards.com/?p=844 blog posts to read about the initial steps that brought us to this point. The goal is a rolling boil, just like with the evaporator. When we have multiple pots, we boil them both at the same time, then as the level drops in each pot, we transfer what remains in the smaller pot into

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Maple Syrup Season, Part II

Maple Syrup Season, Part II

Since Chad is tied up today with the boiling process, I am taking back over the blog for Part II of our series on the maple syrup season here at Bonaventura Vineyards. This year marks the most amount of snow still on the ground when we started boiling; Chad had to shovel out and around the evaporator. Once we have collected enough sap, we wait for a minimum of 30-40 gallons, we begin the process of boiling it down to remove the water. When the sap comes out of the tree it consists of only 2-4% sugar, the rest is

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The Garden, Part I

The Garden, Part I

This time of year we really start to think Spring here at Bonaventura Vineyards, more specifically Spring planting and our garden. Over the years both of us have kept gardens of varying sizes so once we moved here with all this outdoor space it is not surprising that we have planted a garden that has grown in size each year. In prior years the garden has been on the north side of the barn, in a spot where we believe the prior owners had theirs years ago; this year we are planning to relocate slightly, however it will still be

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Maple Syrup Season, Part I

Maple Syrup Season, Part I

Since it’s one of my favorite times of the year, I thought I’d make a guest appearance and write this weeks blog post. I just got back in from tapping roughly 40 maple trees in the back yard. It’s a small sample of the maples that we have on our 86 acres. But right now, it’s enough. At some point, I say this every time I start the process, we will expand. But then it seems all our other projects, chores, and hobbies seem to disrupt that plan. Maybe next year. For now, I’m just going to enjoy the fact

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Choosing Your Wedding Party

Choosing Your Wedding Party

Recently I was having a conversation with one of the brides getting married here this year at Bonaventura Vineyards about choosing members of the wedding party. I thought I would share some of our conversation as I thought it may resonate with others trying to determine who they want standing by their side on their wedding day. How many is too many, when it comes to the number of people in your wedding party? This decision is completely up to you and thankfully couples today vary widely on this decision. There are elopements with no wedding party at all, some

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Meet the Vendors, Volume III

Meet the Vendors, Volume III

Strange Events Chad and I welcomed, Renee Strange-Farnham and Carrie Erickson of Strange Events to Bonaventura Vineyards this past Saturday. It was a little chilly and the heaps of snow we just received prevent us from touring the whole property (without snow shoes anyway), but the sun was shining so we threw open one of the big barn doors to show Renee and Carrie our barn venue space including the view from the deck, which made for the perfect backdrop to our vendor selfie! It was great to to talk business, share ideas and learn what we all have to

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Story Behind the Logo

Story Behind the Logo

If you are searching for an authentic New England barn for your wedding or event, we think you might enjoy reading about the vision behind our newly finished logo. Hopefully you have had a chance to read our earlier “Before & After” blog posts, if you have, you know we have been cleaning, repairing, and renovating the barn over the past several years. Throughout that time we have found lots of interesting “treasures”, some we have chosen to keep and others not, but one of the fun things we have found over and over are signatures of the prior owners

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