The Vineyard is a little dormant in January of 2016 Cool

cork

 

Pat and I just received a really neat Christmas present from a fellow winemaker at our church.  It is a handmade hot plate using re-cycled corks. He makes these in his barn.

 

If the weather holds to the reports, we will have a milder winter than the last two.

 

Two years of devastating low temperatures in the winter had severely damaged the trunks of most of our vines.  We did minimal pruning for two seasons (hoping for a crop) and are looking forward to a normal pruning season. 

 

Pruning grapes is all about leaving the proper amount of buds from last years growth on the vines. These are the buds that will grow fruit this year.  We were not seeing many live buds at all last spring so we did minimal, or no pruning on most of the vineyard. It did give us a partial crop on some rows.

 

It is not pleasant for a grape grower seeing his vines that messy and I am very eager to get them back in shape.

 

We have already started cutting out dead trunks last year and most of the vines have sent up new shoots.  We will save 2 -3 nice canes off of these vines and tie them up to the wire.


 

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"Marechal Foch"

Tips, techniques and a recipe for this cold-tolerant hybrid.