August 2017

The vineyard is progressing well. The vines look healthy with no signs of powder mildew or any type of fungus. A well ventilated canopy management is keeping fungus at a minimum. No signs of insect activity were noted, and mowing was done to keep the insect environment down. The berries are progressing toward veraison (the onset of ripening). The petioles (leafstalks)...

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July 2017

We continue to be busy in the vineyard. We’re doing shoot training as part of canopy management. The training of vines is essential to achieve desired vine structure and promote long term vineyard productivity. We are also de-leafing. De-leafing is when you remove the two lowest leaves from each vertical shoot, and exposing the developing grape bunches to direct,...

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June 2017

The vineyard right now is looking really good.  We are confident that this year is going to be a good production year, and we already have berries set and the clusters are really nice and full. Right now they are the size of BBs and everything is progressing as it should be. Currently, we’re paying attention to our canopy management, which consists of shoot positioning...

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May 2017

In the vineyard this month, we are in the process of injecting zinc and calcium into the soil to promote root growth that secondarily benefits the plant canopy. Additionally, we are doing some extensive suckering. This procedure of clipping the sucker canes is necessary to eliminate those that take away nutrients from the vine and shoots that produce fruit. Canopy...

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April 2017

Throughout the month of April we are actually pretty busy in the vineyard.  We are in the process of mowing, discing the soil, trellis wire positioning, pruning, shoot positioning, and tying the newly cut canes into position. We are also putting organic seaweed based fertilizer in the soil. If you have never heard of the term “discing” it’s essentially mowing and...

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March 2017

We are starting to see bud break in the vineyard. Bud break is the first stage of growth for a wine grape. Every grape begins its annual growth cycle around March. This growth process occurs over a number of days and the length is determined by the grape variety, location, and weather. It’s always an exciting time when the first sign of green begins emerging in the...

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