Here we are in the first two months of the growing season. The first plant growth event of the vintage is “bud break”. This is when the leaf tissue first appears on the plant as a result of increased soil temperatures (52º) and daily sunlight.
Bella Vida Vineyard
Vintage Bud Break
2017 April 21
2016 April 6
2015 March 30
Given the cooler Spring temperatures we are approximately 30 days behind the warmer 2015 and 2016 vintages. Perhaps maybe a gift at this point given the benefits of cooler climate on
the quality of Dundee Hills Pinot Noir.
In order to ensure wine quality it is critical that the plant is prepped for the next two growing events, bloom and berry set.
This is accomplished by removing all unnecessary consumers of nutrients and plant growth that directly shades the grape clusters. As you can see in Fig 1, the plant is covered in excessive growth from the base of the trunk and throughout the entire plant. In Fig. 2 , all unnecessary growth is removed from the plant to improve plant vitality and airflow. Hence the spring “hair cut”.
Steven Whiteside is the owner and farmer of Bella Vida Vineyards. This blog provides a channel for Steven to share insights, activities and important details about Bella Vida Vineyard.