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Outdoor Work is Nearly Done for 2016, Planning for 2017 Becomes the Focus

Vineyard work is now focused on planning for next year. This includes developing the vineyard plan and budget for 2017, getting chemicals ordered, ordering vineyard post signs, updating the Safety Data Sheet File, and updating procedures for our quality system. We have a bit more herbicide to apply and some equipment to maintain, but otherwise, […]

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Vineyard Crew Using Weed Badger to Remove Weeds

We are using our Weed Badger to mechanically remove weeds in our vineyards. This is a slow process, but the combination of mechanically removing weeds and then applying a pre-emergent will help us reduce the size and vigor of weeds in the vineyards next year. Our vineyard crew is finishing up routine equipment maintenance, cleanup, […]

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More Autumn Maintenance Gets Vineyards Ready for Winter

We need to blow our irrigation system so water doesn’t freeze in the lines when it gets cold. We continue to replace broken posts in the vineyard and we found some more mulberry trees in our Marquette vineyard that we dug up. We will winterize our Hagie sprayer, but when we were doing our preventative […]

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Autumn Maintenance Gets Vineyards Ready for Winter

While we wait for all vines to go into dormancy, we are finishing up our autumn maintenance tasks. We got the last fungicide spray done last week and now we have to clean, wash, and re-paint the Hagie vineyard sprayer as well as do our regular autumn preventative maintenance. We continue to replace broken posts […]

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Recent Frost Sends Vines into Winter Dormancy

It is amazing what a little frost can do to a vineyard in October. Depending on the variety, age of the vines, exact location in the vineyard, and how cold it gets and for how long, one frost is enough to send vines into winter dormancy. What that means is that the sap in the […]

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Post Pounding for Vineyard Expansions Continue

Last week, we pounded posts in the vineyard expansion at Maple Woods Vineyard. This week, work shifts to the vineyard expansion at Tassel Ridge Vineyard. We will be adding about 1.1 acres of vineyard. About 1/3 will contain more Brianna vines and 2/3 will have a new variety, Petite Pearl. Petite Pearl will make a […]

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Installation of New Vineyards Starts with Post Pounding

We will start pounding posts this week in the new vineyard expansion at Maple Woods. Pounding posts is little more than a brute force project. The post pounder is mounted on the back of a Deere 6000 Series tractor. It uses hydraulic power from the tractor to raise a weighted hammer that strikes the top […]

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Harvest Fades into Rear View Mirror; Focus Shifts to Installation of New Vineyards

We finished up harvest with our Sabrevois at Tassel Ridge Winery on Monday, September 19. Our photographer used his drone to capture some great harvest photos which you can view here. We started at sunrise when the fruit was cool. Normally, we’d start at 3 a.m. but we expected to have a short day of […]

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2016 Harvest at Tassel Ridge Winery

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Harvest is Now Finished; Work Shifts to Clean-Up and Repairs

We finished up harvest with our Sabrevois at Tassel Ridge Winery on Monday, September 19. Our photographer used his drone to capture some great harvest photos. We will have video to show you how it all looks from the air. Last week, we harvested the Steuben, La Crescent, Marquette, Frontenac, and finished up the St. […]

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