February 2017

Right now, in the vineyard, we are doing some soil testing to make sure it is healthy for the vines as we get ready for the growing season. We have just finished sending some soil to the lab to test for potassium, zinc and acid levels etc. We are happy to report that the drainage work we did a while back has worked really well. We did not have any standing water. This is...

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January 2017

This time of year we start irrigation if there isn’t enough rain to keep the vines roots wet enough so they don’t totally dry out. It’s also important to irrigate the cover crop.  We planted it about six weeks ago, we like to see the seed germination by now. We might still have a late rains and that might help us with the cover crop.  This is important...

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December 2016

Right now, all that’s going on in the vineyard is some minor landscaping. We’re addressing some drainage issues in order to get rid of standing water, and also some cosmetic work that has nothing to do with how the vines will grow. Pruning could begin in late January, but we may not do it until February, depending on weather and anticipated temperatures. If we prune...

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November 2016

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 2016

[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 2016

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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