What’s happening in the Vineyard

What’s happening in the Vineyard

This is an excellent time of year in the vineyard

Sure, a lot of the country is still in the depths of winter, but here on the west coast where it never really gets that cold, things are starting to happen. Vines are beginning to grow. Crews are out working on the vines. Vineyard managers are losing a lot of sleep!

It is a bit early for growth to start but probably not unprecedented. Here we are at the start of March, and the vines have reached bud break. Bud break is when the buds break open and the shoots for this year’s growth start appearing. If you had looked a couple weeks ago you could have seen that they were swelling. This is a vineyard manager first sign that it is time to get busy!

The activity in the vineyard right now is the last bit of pruning. Pruning season starts right after the vines go dormant for the winter and depending on the manager’s choice, can happen anytime between November and March. The act of pruning is to remove last year’s growth from the vine and prepare the vine for ease of cultivation for this year’s crop. Left unpruned, the vine will happily grow and produce grapes. The yield will be much lower and the crop much more difficult to harvest come fall.

Now that the vines are growing

The vineyard manager’s main concern is frost damage. It is still cold at night and if the temperature drops to 34F alarms will go off in the vineyard manager’s bedroom. The Vine Manager will leap out of bed (that might be overstated) and rush to the vineyard to turn on the frost protection. This might be big fans, it might be sprinklers, it might be kerosene heaters. It will not include large numbers of people with fake wings flapping through the vineyards (Movie reference: A Walk In The Clouds starring Keanu Reeves).

The activity is beginning. Lots to do for this year’s wine.

35 Replies to “What’s happening in the Vineyard”

  1. Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite
    justification appeared to be on the net the simplest thing to be aware of.
    I say to you, I certainly get irked while people consider worries
    that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined
    out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal.
    Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  2. Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give
    a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your articles.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same
    topics? Thanks a lot!

  3. certainly like your web site however you need to check
    the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Several of them
    are rife with spelling problems and I to find it very bothersome to
    tell the reality then again I will certainly come again again.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *