May 17-18, 2015 Frost Damage

The beginning of this saw almost 2 inches of rain but unfortunately we saw night time temps dip below 32 degrees which unfortunately damaged the vines. (See pics below)  What this means is that the new shoots from the primary buds will dry up and fall off. What should occur next the secondary buds will produce new shoots which will give about 30 to 50% of what we would have had. Barring any other problems of course!


                

March 5, 2015- beginning to prune vines in Vineyard 1

Started to begin pruning vines on Vineyard 1. Beginning by untangling cutting shoots from each other and other plants as well as cutting off any dead wood. Temptatures have started to rise into 20s and today into the 30s so it should make for good pruning weather.

Jan 17, 2015 – Winter in Vineyards 1,2, and 3

Here are some pictures of the Vineyards as they are right now. You will that we have grow tubes around the base of each vine. This is done to protect from Vole damage. Also poison pellets have been put down to counter the vole problem. Vineyard 2 and 3 have an electric fence around them and is modified slightly with peanut butter and electric tape. This is to keep the deer away which it has proven to do.

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East side of vineyard 2

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Peanut Butter on electric tape seems to be a great way to train deer to stay away from our electric fence.

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Our new electric fence.

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Grow tube used to protect from Vole damage

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Tube with poison pellet for Voles.

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NE corner of Vineyard 1

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Row D plant 1 in Vineyard 1.

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Vineyard 1

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Vineyard 1 perimeter fence(east side)

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Jan 17, 2015- Vine clippings

January is the time of year where we get vine clippings for expanding our vineyard as well as replacing any vines that may have died during the winter. All clippings are taken from vines in the wild no further than a mile from our vineyard and as close as a 100 yards. Each cutting is 3 to 4 nodes and cut from first year growth.

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A picture of some of the clipping before they are cut down to 3 to 4 nodes (roughly 10-12 inches)

Oct 12, 2014- vineyard post harvest

Here are a few pics of vineyard 1 post harvest. Our crew was amazing this year! Only one cluster was missed! Wind came through the last few days and blew off all leaves. A little melancholy seeing it like this after all of this season’s hardwork.

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Just days after harvest a windstorm swept through and blew off all the leaves.

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The only grape cluster left after this years harvest.

Oct 9, 2014- More Pics from 2014 Harvest

Thanks again to everyone that helped out on 2014’s Harvest!

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Oct 8-9, 2014 grape harvest

Oct 1 Brix in wild( by new road) 16 Brix. In vineyard count is 16-20.
Oct 2 Brix 16-19 vineyard 1
Oct 3 16-20 Brix vineyard 1
Oct 6 Brix in vineyard 1 Brix 19-20
Oct 7 Brix in vine 1 15-17
Oct 9 harvest day. Hard freeze that night. 300 pounds harvest. Brix count 19-20.  Took a total of 8 hour

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First bucket of grapes picked!

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6 a.m. getting ready to take nets off of vines while under the moon!

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Frost covered the grapes which made for a cold morning.

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Frost on nets as well as grapes.

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Pulling the nets off and getting ready for some picking!

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Picking grapes

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Some of the harvest.

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Special thanks to our picking crew!

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