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From Our Vineyard

Our Vineyard Task This Week is to Finish Up Removing Mulberry Trees From the Vineyard

The vineyard crew will continue pulling Mulberry trees in the Tassel Ridge vineyard. The very wet ground makes this fairly easy. We will also be spraying fungicide as soon as it gets dry enough. Some of the vineyard team will help bottle Oskyfizzante® Cranberry on Tuesday and

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Vineyard Team Works to Get Annual Vineyard Maintenance Activities Completed Before the Ground Freezes

The vineyard team will be working hard at removing Mulberry trees from our vineyards at Newport Lane and Tassel Ridge, replacing broken posts at both of those vineyards, and getting all of the vineyards mowed. We will be removing St. Croix vines from two blocks at Tassel

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Vineyard and Equipment Maintenance is Our Focus Now

With our harvest finished, the vineyard crew moves toward vineyard maintenance activities on a full time basis now to take advantage of good weather. We’ll receive a semi-load of trellis posts and this week will start replacing broken posts at Maple Woods Vineyard. We will be thoroughly power

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Vineyard Crew Will Harvest More Grapes As Soon As They Reach Ripeness

The vineyard crew is ready to harvest as soon as the fruit tastes good, sugar levels rise, and acid levels drop. We are thinking that it will be St. Pepin, followed by LaCrosse, so we will remove the netting on the St. Pepin the day before we

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Vineyard Crew will Harvest Edelweiss All Week

We started picking Edelweiss at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. We put the fruit into refrigerated trucks at the Winery so the grapes were ready and waiting for crush to begin Monday morning. We will be picking Edelweiss every day until it is all made into juice. This year’s harvest

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The 2018 Harvest Has Started!

We harvested our Brianna in two vineyards on Sunday morning starting at 3 a.m.! The grapes are at their coolest early in the morning. We put them in one of our refrigerated trucks where they stayed until we could process them on Monday morning. Our objective is to

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Trellis Repair From Windstorm Damage is a Top Priority This Week

Our vineyard team will continue repairing the portions of trellis that were damaged by the wind storm on July 18. A continuing careful audit of each row of vines at the Winery is revealing that wires have come loose from posts and that more line posts have

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Cellar Works Around Construction of New Tank Bases West of Crush Pad

We will be pouring concrete on the approaches to the crush pad west of the Winery this week. In addition, we will be installing new LED lighting in the cellar as part of an energy efficiency project. So, other work in the cellar will have to be

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Fungicide Spraying, Mowing, and Trellis Work Are Our Objectives This Week

Hot, humid weather is ideal for growing fungus but not for making quality wine. We must spray every 7–10 days and vary the fungicide each time in order to avoid allowing the fungus to become resistant to the sprays. Given the amount rain, we must mow the

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Trellis Maintenance, Fungicide Spraying, and Preventative Maintenance on Harvest Equipment Occupy Our Vineyard Crew

We continue to tie up new plants and maintain trellises in all vineyards. We are starting preventative maintenance on all harvest equipment. And, spraying for fungus is never ending. Last week, we undertook our first harvest estimate of the season. We will update this estimate two more

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