2021 Dormant Pruning

Needless to say when we planted this Vineyard Project we never expected to be splitting our time between two homes. Any winemaker professional or backyard enthusiast will tell you that growing and producing wine is a year-round venture.

Nevertheless here we are. It’s early spring at 47° 39’ and were back to give the vineyard a very important haircut. Spur pruning while the vines are still dormant to get rid of the year old “wood” from last year.

From Silver Oak Cellars who can explain it better than I can, “Spur-pruned vines have the look you might expect from grapevines. They are cordon-trained, meaning they have that classic “T” shape you see when driving by a dormant vineyard. All the wood that makes up the “T” is old wood that has been trained over many years into that shape. Those horizontal arms are called “cordons,” on which are spaced vertical spurs every six inches or so (approximately a hand-width). It is from those spurs that we get new vine growth each season.”

Spur Pruning

Powdery Mildew Strikes Again.

Yep. It’s happened again. Powdery Mildew. It’s the #1 disease among grapevines and it’s more prevalent in cooler climates. It’s a fungus. It can ruin a cluster, a vine, a lot or even an entire vineyard.

We had about 7 of 50 plants affected last year. We did not use a fungicide. This year we did use fungicide as mentioned in a previous post. We sprayed several times but it was too late to control. Now we have 75% or more of our vineyard now affected. Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir showing signs of mildew.

The fruit afflicted with this disease will not render a good harvest. Fruit set will be poor and they will not ripen well or evenly. Here’s how it looks:

A Little Sunshine = A Lot of Growth

Took the weekend off for a little R and R up at some nearby lakes. Came home to walk the vineyard and see what a little sunshine will do in a few days time. Tomorrow we need to pull a few more leaves to allow some of the hidden grape clusters get enough light and air.

Pinot Noir Row K

Row K Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir Row J

Row J Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir Row I

Row I Pinot Noir (front) Chard (rear)

Chardonnay Row H

Chardonnay Row H

Chardonnay Row G

Chardonnay Row G

Chardonnay Row F

Chardonnay Row F “Fred” the owl

Chardonnay Row E

Chardonnay Row E

Chardonnay Row D

Chardonnay Row C

Chardonnay Row C

Chardonnay Row B

Chardonnay Row B

Chardonnay Row A

Chardonnay Row A
Pinot Noir Decoration Vine
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