Time to prune

As the rains start to slow (though we’ve got another storm rolling in the end of this week), we’re back in the vineyard and starting to prune the vines and get ready for the growing season.  Here are some photos from this week from a Pinot Noir vineyard in Sonoma County:

img_20170213_114840286 img_20170213_114855155 img_20170213_115011488

Budbreak

We’ve finished pruning in the vineyards. After a couple weeks of warm sunshine and then rains, we have bud break.  The first signs of the 2016 vintage.  Spring is here. It’s a beautiful and green time to be in wine country.  Cheers!

Here are a few photos, taken this week, from a vineyard in Sonoma County:

Hannah budbreak 2016_01

budbreak 2016_04

For more about bud break in the region, check out the article from The North Bay Business Journal: Winegrape vines sprout in Sonoma, Napa, Lake counties.

New Wire

This vineyard is due for new trellis wire.  So we’re removing the old

IMG_20160128_113216930

And then we’re installing the new wires while the plants are dormant and pruned.

Here’s what the vineyard looks like without its trellis wires.  Naked vineyard?

IMG_20160128_114340042

Beat the weather

Unlike the East Coast, here in Northern California Spring is coming early.  We’re finishing up pruning vineyards and tying them to their trellises before the vines start showing their new growth.

This picture is of Pinot Noir grapes in the Russian River Valley:

IMG_20150216_144606895_HDR