Finding What Thrives in a Messy Vineyard

The vineyard looks very different now than it has ever looked.  We have 12″ to 18″ of shoot growth which is not unusual, but underneath, in the tractor rows, we have cover crop that is still at least half a foot high.  Previously, I wrote about our...

In Compromise We Find Beauty

The mustard has overtaken the vineyard.  Among the many things we balance are the needs of the farm with the needs of the business – Ag and Commerce.  The mustard has been quite beautiful with its waves of yellow flowers between the vines.  On the other hand,...

Hibernation Comes to an End

On April 14th Donna and I, led by Celie and Monty, walked through the vineyard to see if  bud break had begun.  Each of the thirteen vineyard blocks had clearly emerging buds and many of them have leaves beginning to separate so that you could detect their edges....

The Vineyard Architecture for a New Vintage

We’ve been getting the vineyard ready for the growing season.  We’ve pruned last year’s fruiting canes, chosen new canes to lay down, and tied them to the fruiting wire.  This creates the vineyard architecture for the vintage.    We’re watching...

The Gift of Spring

Sometimes, when Bacchus smiles on Oregon, we get a week of sunshine just as Winter turns to Spring.  In our vineyard, our honeybees get more active, the chickens lay more eggs, and all manner of things poke their heads from the soil.  The vineyard is a sea of yellow...