Vineyard Update June 23, 2018

Vineyard Update June 23, 2018 We are seeing some serious growth happening in all the vineyards.  In the next week we will begin to prune back  some of this new growth just to keep everything tidy and encourage fruit production. All in all we are seeing a very healthy vineyard.

In the Vineyard “New Growth”- June 17

      Rain (little over two inches) and hot weather and made our vines literally explode with growth. The vines are going to start getting unruly in the next few weeks so we will have to start our midsummer combing and pruning soon.

The Birds – June, 2018

This time of year birds love to try and build nest in our vines. The nests they build are either on top of the part of our vines( where they are well hidden) or at the bottom by the trunk. We usually are able to remove the nest before any eggs have been laid or…

Fruit Set. June 10, 2018

Last week we saw that fruit on our vines set.  I included pictures of  various clusters through all of our vineyards. Its looking like we may have some big clusters this year!

Grafting update- June 10, 2018

Quick update on our grafting project in our vineyard. Thankfully we have a some rain over the last few days which has helped all the plants but especially the newly grafted plants. We do have a drip irrigation system that we use but its not as good as getting rain. Anyways, our grafted plants are…

In the Vineyard: Grafting vines

Grafting time is here. These photographs show the grafting process from beginning to end. We are grafting female cuttings (scions) to male rootstock. Vitis Riparia are dioecious( sexed male and female) unlike domestic grapes which self pollinate. Some of the grafted vines were already having buds swell.        

Photos of the Vineyard from June 3, 2018

The vines are now growing like crazy with a full recovery from the minor frost damage a few weeks back. Both male and female flowers are blooming and there are some signs of fruit set on some of the plants.

Vineyard Update May 30, 2018 -A little frost damage

  Not all of our vines made it unscathed from the low temperatures a week ago. The younger vines that were in a low spot of the vineyard definitely have  had some damage.  They should recover very quickly in the next few day with the secondary buds opening in the next week. This hopefully is…

More Cool Facts about the Sheyenne River

  The Sheyenne River has a special place in our hearts at Kesselring Vineyards. This river runs through our ranch is the home of many wild grape vines hanging over its banks. These vines are the parents to the vines to our vineyard. So in a sense the river is the mother to our vines….

Deer and the Vineyard -Springtime

  We have a large population of deer by our vineyard. Though they are beautiful they can be very destructive to new growth in the vineyard. During and right after bud break is the most tempting time for these critters. Our solutions is fencing. One electric fence and the other a very high one. Worth…