Shhhhh...can you hear? Its the sound of rejoicing! Yes, we finished pruning the vineyard on Sturday! After only one month, all 32 acres are done. Thanks to our new Pellenc Precision Pruner TRP, we pruned in about half the time it has taken us in the past. Guess what we did to celebrate. We watched the new Star Wars VII - The Force Awakens. I won't give any spoilers but is was good. Real … [Read more...] about 2016 Vineyard Pruning Complete!
We have a new vineyard toy - the Pellenc Precision Pruner TRP! This is the toy I promised to tell you more about last week in "Pre-pruning the Vineyard". The TRP attaches on the front arm of the Pellenc 4560 as it straddles the vine row (like the pre-pruner). The TRP will cut our pruning time by one half to two-thirds! That means that instead of pruning for 2 - 1/2 months, we will only be … [Read more...] about Pellenc Precision Pruner TRP
It is time of year again and we have already begun pre-pruning the vineyard and even finish pruning it! When we purchased our Pellenc 4560 grape harvester, we also purchased a pre-pruner attachment. This means pre-pruning the vineyard is done mechanically and saves us a lot of time. The pre-pruner cuts the vines down to the desired height, removing and mulching the excess vine growth from the … [Read more...] about Pre-pruning the Vineyard 2016
It is hard to believe that with as many grapes as we had in the vineyard, they are now completely gone! Yes, we harvested 184.4 tons of grapes this year and grape harvest is over! It is hard to express the feelings that grape harvest brings and especially the rush of emotions once it is over. Here is a quick glimpse into some of the thoughts and feelings: Relief - since it is all out before … [Read more...] about Grape Harvest is Finished!
It is hard to believe that the grape harvest of 2015 is almost over - it is only the beginning of October! So far, we have harvested a total a 166 tons with 26 tons left to go. The harvested grapes include Roussanne, which is a French white grape, Montepulciano, Algianico, (both are Italian red grape varieties) and Petite Verdot. I don't think we have ever been so early harvesting the majority of … [Read more...] about Grape Harvest 2015
Spring is one of my favorite times of year. So, it is too bad that this year we skipped spring and went from winter to summer! Yep, from temperatures in the 40's F to those in the mid- high 80's F and even 90's F! One thing we have not had this year is a lot of windy days - thankfully. I hate the wind in west Texas. Make that HATE the wind! When we lived in Alabama, tropical storm and hurricane … [Read more...] about Bud-break in the Vineyard