Finally, some action in the vineyard! Crews have pruned 95% of the vines so far and now we are awaiting bud break. The remaining vines (all Syrah) have not been pruned yet because they are planted in the lowest part of the vineyard which is susceptible to the coldest temperatures. We have delayed pruning these vines to further protect them against frost. Check back next month to see the first signs of growth for the 2013 vintage!
[Merlot vines, all cleaned up!]
Merlot vines, all cleaned up!
[Pruned Merlot vine.]
Pruned Merlot vine.
[Waiting for bud break!]
Waiting for bud break!
[Hoping for more rainfall this year, so far one of the driest on record.]
Hoping for more rainfall this year, so far one of the driest on record.
Not a lot has changed in the vineyard in the last four weeks! I have also included some additional pictures of other events taking place right now.
Merlot vine, still in the dormancy phase.
[Cabernet Sauvignon vines to cover an acre in the existing vineyard.]
Cabernet Sauvignon vines to cover an acre in the existing vineyard.
[View of the new development with the existing vineyard in the background.]
View of the new development with the existing vineyard in the background.
We will finally start to see some significant changes next month, so stay tuned!
This year on the blog, we are going to SHOW you the growing cycle of a grapevine. We have chosen a Merlot vine to feature once a month so that our followers can get the “vineyard experience” from home!
Technically, the growing season begins in Spring with bud break, and ends with dormancy in the Winter. But it will be interesting to see how the ground, light, and vine changes through out the year from beginning to end!
Right now, the vines are still dormant. The weather is cold and many nights (and early mornings) have experienced frost this year. The roots of the vine may still be growing, but there is no visible growth of the vine at this time.
We are hoping for ample rainfall during this dormancy period so that the ground gets the water it needs without having to irrigate early in the growing season. We have planted a cover crop and have taken other measures to prevent erosion in anticipation of the rainfall!
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Check back in February for another update!