Preparing for new vines

As we continue to check on our growing vineyards, we’re also working on a project to remove old, dying vines from a hillside vineyard.  Digging holes in rock isn’t easy, but these men are up for the job!



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.

Just right. Just tight.

As we add new wires, and replace wires in the vineyard this year, we like to do a clean, neat job.  This way everything is secure, will last a long time, and looks good.

Photos from last week of our work in a vineyard with wood end posts.

finishing wire

wire around end post

End Posts

We’ve had the opportunity this year to work on vineyard infrastructure.  Replacing and adding wires, stakes, end posts, etc.  It’s serious heavy lifting, but it’s a beautiful thing to see when it’s done.  Here are some photos from last week of end post replacement.

end posts 2

end posts

Harvest on the Horizon

The grapes are turning color! Which means that harvest is in sight.  And we’re rounding the home stretch of another vintage.  These are Pinot Noir grapes.  Once the grapes have gone through veraison (changing color) they’ll start to develop sugars.  It’s these sugars that will later be turned into alcohol/wine.  Salut!