April 2018

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 2018

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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February 2018

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 2018

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 2017

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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