November 2018

Now that harvest in over, we’ll focus on maintenance in the vineyard. We put some fertilizer down recently, and we plan to water the vines pretty heavily in the coming weeks. About three or four weeks post-harvest, we like to add lots of water to the vineyard so the vines can absorb much-needed nutrients from the soil. The growing process really depletes the nutrients...

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October 2018

[singlepic id=121 w=320 h=240 float=right]Normally we harvest around 15 to 20 tons. Part of growing quality grapes, is to not over produce. Also, since we sell most of our grapes, it’s helpful to keep four to six tons for ourselves and offer quality fruit to our buyers. Throughout the month of October we plan to mow, disc and plant a cover crop and get the vineyard...

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September 2018

The grapes are quickly approaching harvest and we will be obtaining a grape analysis shortly to determine progression. If the damp mornings continue, we will work to maintain a well balanced environment. Our vineyard field crew has been vigilant about development and maintenance of a ventilated canopy. Specific fruit was dropped for creating an ample ventilated grow...

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August 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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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