Leaving the vineyard yesterday for lunch, our oldest daughter almost stepped on the snake in the picture! Thankfully, he (or she - I didn't ask which) was not poisonous. But, I must admit, in my opinion, the only good snake is a dead one! We did not kill him because as some family members pointed out, they do have a purpose - they eat rodents like mice and rats - I would rather use a mouse trap! … [Read more...] about Watch Your Step!
While periodic short rain/thunder storms (with hail) are normal here in west Texas, the days prior to July 4th were a very different story. In the period of one afternoon we received over 8 inches! Many places received 9, 12 and even 13 inches. While this type of rainfall was taken in stride when we lived near Mobile, Al, it is a totally different story here in west Texas. With only 3 inches of … [Read more...] about Flooding in West Texas!
As we work in the vineyard, it is so exciting to see the grapes forming daily! Here are some pictures taken within the last week so you can see the progression of the formation of the actual fruit. First, you can see the blooms. If you look closely, you should be able to see the little round green nodule behind the bloom that will eventually be grapes. Here is another picture showing the fruit … [Read more...] about Fruit is Setting!
John climbed on top of our filter station barn to take the following pictures. The filter station building protects the pressure gauges and exposed pipes for our in-ground, drip irrigation system from the wind and weather. Here is the 2009 planting of Roussanne. As mentioned "Pruning and Training in the Vineyard", we did not train these vines at all last year. The plants were delayed in their … [Read more...] about Vineyard Overview
Pruning and training in the vineyard is the consuming work during the spring and early summer of the year. With 20 acres of grapes, there is plenty of work for everyone! First, the dead wood must be cut out. Because of the wind here in west Texas, I have not taken any pictures of pruning. Now, we are training the varieties from the 2009 planting. If the vine has gone dormant and weathered the … [Read more...] about Pruning and Training in the Vineyard
Now that spring is here, the work has really picked up in the vineyard. We have 20 acres of grapes planted in 3 varieties. Roussanne is a French variety and is white. Aglianico and Montepulciano are both Italian reds. In 2008, we planted 2.3 acres of Roussanne and 2.8 acres of Aglianico. This year, these are what is called "third leaf". In 2009, we planted 5 acres each of Roussanne, … [Read more...] about Springtime in the Vineyard