April 20th, 2015- buds begin to swell slightly in Vineyard while in the wild they are still dormant. 

The past week saw high temperatures in the 70’s. There has been no rain until this week which was a paltry 1/4 inch on Sunday. No rain predicted for the next week although temps will be 32 degrees F and under at the beginning with it warming up to lows in the 40s. Buds seem to beginning to swell in vineyards but nothing is occurring on the wild.

Buds in vineyard are beginning to swell.

    

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Buds in wild are still hard unlike those in vineyard.

  

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Spring Uncovers Vines

It is no secret that this Winter was a particularly harsh one for all across the United States. Many people are altering their normal pruning methods and taking a more “wait and see” attitude as they see how the subzero temperatures effected our vines.
Meanwhile in our vineyards we saw some damage from Voles and/or Gophers while in the new vineyard we took off the grow tubes and lightly pruned the vines. See pics below.

New Vineyard- Taking off grow tubes.

New Vineyard- Taking off grow tubes.

Vines in new vineyard without grow tubes.

Vines in new vineyard without grow tubes.

Photo showing damage from Voles/Gophers in Old Vineyard

Photo showing damage from Voles/Gophers in Old Vineyard

Another Photo showing damage from Voles/Gophers in Old Vineyard

Another Photo showing damage from Voles/Gophers in Old Vineyard

Photo showing even more extreme damage from Voles/Gophers in Old

Photo showing even more extreme damage from Voles/Gophers in Old

Late Sept-Oct: The leaves turn and we harvest what has not been taken by the birds

At the beginning of September I started to check the sugar content of our grapes in the old vineyard (also known as brix- with our goal being 22 brix) By late Sept we saw that our fish line experiment was not working and that most of our grapes had been taken by the birds. By the end of it we had enough grapes for a gallon of juice to make wine. This time of year also sees the vines leaves changing color from dark green to gold. See pics below.

A picture of one of the grape vines growing wild just a 50 yards away from our Old Vineyard.

A picture of one of the grape vines growing wild just a 50 yards away from our Old Vineyard.

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Wild Grape Vines In The Wild

These pictures are of wild grape vines just 50 feet away from Kesselring Vineyard. All are on the north bank of the Sheyenne and surrounding the vineyard are at least 75 large plants.