The vines are waking up
Our European varietals (like the
Pinots, Chardonnay, Gewurtz) get buried under pyramids of earth for the
winter. We call this "hilling-up". We haven't
de-hilled yet because we want to get closer to the May
'frost window' before taking the gamble. This is a
nerve-wracking time of year in grape-growing. Some vineyards
have de-hilled. We're waiting.
We're installing one frost fan
this year to add protection to part of our 20-acres.
The cold-hardier mixed-heritage
vines (like the Frontenac, Marquette) are being pruned and
tied up on the trellis. We don't have to bury them.
We've had an exceptionally wet spring so far. That slows us
down in the vineyards and makes de-hilling difficult.
Otherwise, All signs are good!