In early to mid-June, the grapevines “flowered” or “bloomed”, beginning the process of fruit set when clusters of berries start to develop.
In the weeks since flowering, the fruit has continued to evolve into small green berries that are fairly firm to the touch and about as big around as a pencil eraser, (assuming you recall the days of graphite pencils!)
During this time of year, grape vines, which have a habit of climbing and sprawling, must constantly be kept in check by our fastidious and experienced vineyard workers. Throughout the rest of the growing season the crew is steadily pruning and hedging the vines – removing excess leaves to allow airflow and sun to access the fruit – to keep in check their vigorous nature, directing the plant’s energy to fruit development rather than shoot growth.
Did you know that all grapes start out green colored, with red wine grapes developing their purple pigment only just prior to harvest? It’s a fascinating process called veraison, which we’ll touch on in a future update as it’s happening!
If you’d like to learn more about what’s happening in the vineyard, I invite you to join me for a Pioneering Footsteps Vineyard Hike which includes an educational vineyard tour, wine flight, and lunch. These tours are limited to an intimate group of 8, with social distancing practices strongly enforced. Upcoming dates include August 8 and 15, September 12, and October 3 — or contact us to inquire about setting up a private tour (minimum 6 people) on a different date that works for you.
Page Knudsen Cowles
Owner & Managing Partner