Budbreak in the Vineyard

The warm weather has brought forth the new growth at Cassel Vineyards a little early this year. Thanks to the warm March weather, we are a week or two ahead of schedule this year.  We are just gong to hope for no frost from here on out. 

Chardonnay buds just starting to break at Cassel Vineyards of Hershey. 

Chardonnay buds just starting to break at Cassel Vineyards of Hershey. 

      The first vinifera vines to break are the Chardonnay so they always stand the best chance of getting frozen back.  So far, we have been fortunate thanks to our South facing, gently sloped vineyard.  The breeze can gently blow on some of the cold nights and the cold air drains down into the creek very effectively. 

Concord bud break at Cassel Vineyards

Concord bud break at Cassel Vineyards

     The Concords are the first American variety to break bud, but they are a bit more cold tolerant.  Because their location is not as optimal as the Chardonnay, we also worry about them unti after Mothers Day has passed with the last chance of frost.

     This weekend is a beautiful time to visit the vineyard and experience the beauty of the new growth and promise of a new vintage.  Hope to see you soon..