May 11-12, 2015 Rain and Cold

The last few days have seen close to 2 inches of rain which was much needed since we were really dry. Unfortunately I saw that both Saturday and Sunday saw cold temps that dipped below 32 degrees both nights. ( 31 degrees Saturday and 30 degrees Sunday ) From what I see from the leaves…

Mar 15-21 2015, Pruning continues and the removal of grow tubes

March is seeing record high temps with highs in the 70s. Makes for nice pruning weather! As bud break is supposed to be light induced and not temperature induced in wild grapes as opposed to commercial varieties I’m not too worried about this weather having adverse effects on the vines. This winter the Voles(field mice) where kind to us….

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.

Feb 19, 2015- sub zero temps and a little snow

The last few weeks have brought about three inches of snow cover replacing what little was there. Last night saw the temperature at -20 below zero for a few hours and the night previous to that -14 below. Cold but nothing like last year although the snow cover last year was much greater. Pictures below…

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…

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…

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.

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. …

Sept 1-Oct 1, 2014- fruit begins to ripen

Bird pressure is definitely steady. Grapes sticking out of netting are attacked. Put up fake hawk and owl in vineyard one and that seems to help cut down birds presence. Biggest problem is keeping the from getting into netting that covers fence. Birds defiantly showing pressure in wild. Wend sept 3 Brix 9-16 in vineyard…

Aug 15, 2014- bird Netting goes up.

With brix count at 8-13 brix (reflecting sugar content of grapes – our goal is 22) we are to much trouble with Birds so we have put the bird netting up. Which is about two weeks sooner than expected.