Spring Vineyard Update March 15 2016

Iris Vineyards - Willamette Valley Wine

Spring has arrived at Iris!  While the wild iris isn’t quite blooming, Arpad and the vineyard crew are busy completing essential tasks in preparation for vintage 2016.  Pruning is almost complete; a project that was started last December.  This job is vital to producing the grapes needed to make outstanding Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay.  Proper pruning maintains the structure of the vine and allows us to regulate our crop based on the number of buds we leave.  Below are some photos of the work being complete:

 

Vine prunings in the vineyard row - before mulching:Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Vines

Vine prunings in the vineyard row - after mulching:

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Vines

 

Post pruning - the vines' canes are tied down.  Bud break is almost here!

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Vines

 

We're planting new vines this year, and the project is starting to take shape. We'll be planting vines as soon as the soil dries enough for us to do so:

Willamette Valley Wine

We'll have another update after bud break, including more info on the new vines we're planting this year.  If you'd like to see this year's progress for yourself, we'd love to host you!  Our tasting room is open on Thursday from noon until five, and Friday - Sunday from noon until six. Until then, cheers!