We will finish hand pruning vines at Newport Lane this week while we start mechanical pruning at Tassel Ridge. We will also get our sprayers ready. The first thing we spray each spring is a fungicide which is largely sulfur. We saturate the trunk of each vine in order to kill any fungus spores that have overwintered in cracks in the trunk. We will also reinstall the aerators in our waste water lagoons.

Our pruning is moving ahead right on schedule. While we’ve had days that we couldn’t get into the vineyards, we’ve also had a lot of good days.