The grapevines are growing well and looking beautiful. Everything that you see above ground on the vines is considered part of the canopy. As you can tell in the photo, it is getting quite large! That means that it is time to think about managing it. For us, canopy management in the vineyard and raising wires go hand in hand. A large healthy canopy is always a good sign of a healthy vineyard. … [Read more...] about Canopy Management in the Vineyard
Thankfully, the albarino grapevines that were planted in the spring are growing very well. That means that it is time for trellising grapevines! Our trellising system for these vines consists of a cordon wire strung at 3 1/2 ft from the ground. As the vines grow, we will add VSP wires using 7 ft high posts. VSP posts (vertical shoot position) hold extra wires which support the canopy and … [Read more...] about Trellising Grapevines – the Albarino
After almost a three week wait, we have finally finished planting Albarino grapevines. This brings the total to 4 acres Albarino and 1 acre Roussanne planted for 2017. The nursery in California that we normally buy our vines from did not have enough of the Albarino so, we had to look elsewhere. We normally use dormant bench grafted vines that have been grafted and planted in the field for … [Read more...] about Planting Albarino – the Last Acre
Last Sunday began in an unusual way - it was Resurrection Sunday and we hosted a sunrise service on our patio! It was also one of our son's 12th birthday ! Little did we know the hail damage in the vineyard that was to come! There were storms clouds in the area but according to radar, they were not suppose to hit us. Ooops, the radar was wrong! Not only did the thunderstorm hit, it sat over … [Read more...] about Hail Damage in the Vineyard
We are expanding the vineyard and adding 5 more acres! Planting Grapevines 2017 gives us a total of 37 acres of grapes. Planting Grapevines 2017 holds a new variety for us - 4 acres of Albarino. Albarino is most known as a grape from Spain but it is also grown in Portugal. We also added an acre of Roussanne which is a French white. A lot of prep work is done before we actually begin to … [Read more...] about Planting Grapevines 2017 – Albarino and Roussanne
We are almost finished pruning! You cannot believe what happy campers we are around here! We have pruned 30 1/3 acres and only have 2 more to go - one more day. I always love how clean the vineyard looks after hand pruning is completed. There is vine trash in the middle of the rows but that will be taken care of with the flail mower. It is amazing that this year, bud break is a whole month … [Read more...] about Almost Finished Pruning – 30 Acres Done, 2 to Go!