Bud Break has begun in the vineyards. Just about every vine on our 5 1/2 acres of vineyard is starting to poke their little green heads out. Of course, with the greening out of the vineyard comes the dangers of being a plant. Fighting diseases such as downy mildew and the dreaded black rot is one of our biggest battles.
Black Rot, downy mildew, and various other fungi are ubiquitous. It shows up at bud break and once it’s there it can’t be gotten rid of. Black Rot gets down into the grape cluster itself and kills the fruit leaving a fruitless harvest in it’s wake. Which is why we will be fighting that battle very soon.
In other news, the development of last year’s dry red harvest is rolling along quite nicely. We have 3 different varieties aging in American oak barrels. They will be hanging out in the coolest room in Hickman County for the next several months. We will keep you updated on their progress periodically.
In closing, we would like to mention that we have changed our hours. We are now open from 10am-6pm Mon-Sat and 12-5 on Sunday. Feel free to come out early and hang out on our decks and patios and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather.