Buds beginning to swell in early April of 2020. Notice on the far right of the image, a fastener which assists in directing the vine along the trellis wire.
Vine growth by the end of May in 2020 — each vine has developed into a small shrub, and they continue to climb! In just a few weeks they will reach the top wires (approximately 5 ft), after which point they will be hedged to manage excessive growth.
Throughout the spring (May and June), several more passes through the vineyard are made to remove excess growth such as suckers growing at the base of the trunk. Thriving shoots are also positioned on vertically positioned trellis wires in such a way as to optimally capture sunlight and encourage air circulation.
During summer months, the keen eyes of the vineyard crew are kept on each vine, and additional work is performed to remove excess foliage. Vine hedging and leaf-pulling are continual efforts to expose the fruit to sunlight and airflow.
Pinot noir fruit development by mid-July of 2020.
Did you know that all grapes begin their life green in color? As the late summer months arrive (July and August), Pinot noir grapes begin to change color, signaling the onset of ripening. This process of color change is referred to as veraison. In the weeks leading up to harvest, decisions may be made to “green harvest” or trim excess grapes from the vines, to aid in ripening an optimum amount of fruit with consideration to the season’s conditions.
And finally depending on the season’s growing conditions, harvest could start as early as late August and could last through early November. The timeline for picking grapes depends on a number of factors including weather, and is specific to each vineyard’s plantings including the variety of grapes, desired style of wine, and vineyard elevation.