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Better Weather This Week Allows Time for Catch-up

Last week’s weather made for challenging times in the vineyard. Temperatures were high enough only by Thursday to permit much work to be started. And, because the vineyard was still pretty wet, we couldn’t use any heavy equipment, so all work was done manually. So, this week, the vineyard crew will get the Marquette long […]

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Pruning Starts Up Slowly

The vineyard crew finished long pruning and tying all of the vines in our Maple Woods vineyard last week. Next week, they will work on one block of Edelweiss at Tassel Ridge to get it long pruned and tied up on the trellis. We are “long pruning” at this point. What this means is that we focus […]

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Vineyard Team is Assembling to Start Pruning on February 27

Adam, our Vineyard Manager, is getting the final maintenance tasks taken care of. He is also hand pruning the new Maple Woods vineyard so that the trunks are straight and each vine has two arms at the high wire. This is particularly important because we will start machine pruning these vines as early as 2018 and […]

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Final Maintenance Jobs are Being Completed Before Pruning Starts February 27

Adam, our Vineyard Manager, is getting the final maintenance tasks done now before we start pruning on February 27. That includes work on some equipment (there is always something that needs attention) like electrical pruners, fixing a leaking cylinder on our harvester, repairing (or maybe replacing) the dash display on one of our tractors, and […]

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Improvements for the Vineyard Being Implemented in 2017

Our Vineyard Manager, Adam Nunnikhoven, is working on implementing several improvements for our vineyard operations in 2017. We are trying out a tying machine that will be used on the vines. It applies a bio-degradable tie that secures the vine for a year or two without risking girdling the trunk or cane. We want to […]

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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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