In with the new, and trimming the old. The past couple weeks we’ve gotten to plant some new Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Pinot Noir vines. We’ve also been keeping up with existing vines in the vineyard – trimming or suckering them to help promote the growth where we want it – premium grapes – and tying new growth to their supportive stakes.
After the last of the winter rains, we had a beautiful view in one of the vineyards we take care of…. fields of red clover (cover crop)!
With the rootstock settled into its new home on a mountain side, we grafted cabernet franc budwood last week, adding a new block to one of our favorite vineyard sites. Here are some photos from grafting:
Harvest has begun. We picked our first grapes of the harvest, Sonoma County Pinot Noir this past week. We also helped process some fruit in the cellar. Cheers to a good and safe harvest!
We’re starting to see the first signs of verasion, as the grapes ripen and begin to turn color.
Photos from last week in the vineyard:
We’re in the vineyard removing extra suckers from the vines, so the plants can focus their energies on the shoots that will produce fruit. Stay cool this week!
Harvest has started in our neck of the woods, and not just for the sparkling wine houses. We’ve started to help pick some of the Pinot Noir vineyards we tend. Here are a few photos from last week: