After a phenomenally successful Vintage 2014 documentary last year focusing on a challenging 2014 Central Coast growing season, Wil Fernandez has set his sights bigger. In just three days, his Kickstarter project for Vintage 2015 takes off, and you can be a part of it.
Wil’s energy and drive make his projects artistic, creative AND educational. He tells stories that are not being told in a meaningful way that creates evangelists for his vision. Vintage 2015 promises to be an awesome endeavor!
In 2014, Wil led a team of photographers, videographers, writers and artists that followed the vintage, capturing the agricultural aspects of winemaking in Santa Barbara County, California. Wil and his team were out in the vineyards from bud break to harvest, documenting the roller coaster of natural events that can spell disaster or success for a vintage. Throughout the year, the team collected films, photographs and art on a simple project website that is now a complete timeline of the vintage.
As Vintage 2014 Kickstarter backers, we followed his progress, participated in some virtual tasting and got to party with Close Pepe Estates Winemaker Wes Hagen last summer. At the culmination of the project, Wil released three short films that were entertaining as well as informative.
As early backers of Vintage 2015, Wil has kept us up to date on what he’s doing:
“With just a few days left to get involved, I’m getting a lot of questions about custom content development and participating vineyards and wineries,” he says. “Here is a list of the vintners who were early supporters of the vintage archive project:
– Au Bon Climat (Santa Barbara County, CA)
– Brooks Winery (Willamette Valley, OR)
– Section 8 Vineyards (Hudsonville, MI)
– Chronister Family Wines (Sonoma, CA)
– Andrew Murray Vineyards (Santa Barbara County, CA)
– Riverbench Vineyard & Winery (Santa Barbara County, CA)
Wil tells us several smaller Santa Barbara County producers will be the focus of a series on garagiste wine making, including:
He will also be producing custom photographic and video content for the archive in collaboration with several regional associations and individual producers who have pooled together. These stories will be featured along with other content contributed by local correspondents.
As of the latest update, the Vintage 2015 production team is booking trips to:
– Willamette Valley, Oregon – specific focus on biodynamic practices
– Suisun Valley, California – specific focus on bulk grape cultivation and transportation
– Hartford, Connecticut – specific focus on home winemakers
– Santa Maria Valley, California – specific focus on sustainable farming practices
Vintage 2015 is already fully funded, so the project is definitely a go! But it’s still looking for funding to “stretch” the project. Initial funding needed was $3,000. So far Wil has raised over $5,500 so his first step stretch goal is a go as well. But Wil thinks Big. Here is what he has planned if he can raise the additional funds for Vintage 2015:
$5,000 – enhanced social media integration – GOAL REACHED!
$7,500 – enhanced photo gallery
$10,000 – enhanced filters and content discovery tools
$12,500 – develop data visualizations / infographics
$15,000 – add interactive map
$20,000 – add audio interview series
$25,000 – add video update series with anchorperson
And that is where you come in. Go to Kickstarter. As a backer you get all sorts of insider goodies including a very cool Dirt Don’t Lie T-shirt (VINTAGE 2015 edition).
Every dollar helps, and each of you who donate become part of the project. This project will be funded on Fri, Feb 6 2015 7:00 PM CST. So get over there NOW! Join us and become a part of Vintage 2015: A year in American Wine!