The vineyard is going through bud break, that means spring is here. We just got done with pruning in the nick of time. We have mowed the weeds and chopped up the old canes, the next step will be to disc all the weeds under.
We're hoping the stay at home order will pass, and the vines hold out untill the first of May. If all of that happens, we can host our adopt a row and give everybody a lovely walk in the vineyard.
Our estate vineyard was planted in 1999 with Clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon on freedom rootstock. Our soil is sandy loam for thirty feet down which gives the vineyard great drainage so we can adjust the amount of water to the vines. We thin the canes in the spring to only grow two canes per spur with an average of 4 tons per acre at harvest.
What does a Spanish dancer have to do with a winery that has a French name? Absolutely nothing and everything. It was one of the first artworks Dave did about the same time he and Helen started making wine at home.