A view over the vineyard this morning provided a beautiful backdrop for me to welcome the sunshine and warm weather. It has been quite a long stretch of cool, damp and dreary weather for us and the vines. The buds broke early this year after the warm stretch of weather in March. By April 25 we were hoping there would not be any more frost. IF the warm weather would have continued, we would have enjoyed a harvest two weeks ahead of schedule this fall, but it was not to be. After 3 weeks of cool, damp weather, We are right back where we were last year according to our journal. Yesterday, the shoots were from 6-12" long. I think the warm, sunshine will stimulate growth and we can expect flowers to bloom in the next 2 weeks!
The weather has been great for our young plants. This year we planted several hundred Traminette vines and the rain and cool weather has allowed them to send their roots down and their shoots up without any planting stress. Hopefully, these plants will be provide us with the grapes we need to increase our production over the next 5 years. Next year we can continue our vineyard expansion one block at a time. Thank you for the opportunity to continue our success. It moves us forward and causes us to improve and constantly change our offerings. Without our customer base, there would be no need to plant more vine or make more wine. Thank you and enjoy the sunshine.