2015 Veraison is in Full Swing September 04 2015
Veraison: In viticulture (grape-growing), veraison is the onset of ripening. The term is originally French (véraison), but has been adopted into English use. The official definition of veraison is "change of color of the grape berries".
The Southern Willamette Valley received some much needed rain over the last week, but fortunately it was not enough to have a negative impact on our quickly ripening grapes. The rain did, however, settle the dust a bit for our vineyard crew! The vineyard is at 80-95% veraison at the moment, and it looks like harvest will start with Pinot Gris at the end of September continuing with Pinot Noir in early October. The Chardonnay is always the last to ripen and be harvested.
The long term trend forecast is calling for a warmer and drier than average September and October. If this holds true, that will be great news for vintage 2015! We still have a sizable crop hanging and it needs a month or so of decent weather to ripen. Cheers!
Photos: Pinot Gris (top left), Pinot Noir (top right and below), & Chardonnay (far left)
July Vineyard Update July 22 2015
Growth and berry development continue very rapidly with the warm weather we've been experiencing in the Pacific Northwest. 95 degrees has been highest temperature so far in the vineyard; however, the vines have not looked heat stressed at all. Fruit set happened quickly and seems solid. The grape berries are quickly approaching pea sized. We've paused on leaf pulling due to heat and the need to keep up with raising wires and shoot positioning. Our crew is currently making a final pass for these tasks. We've been irrigating replants and hedging both by hand and with the machine.
We've also found some nesting swallows close to the tasting room. They are voracious insect eaters, and we are glad to see them healthy and helping to control the insect population at the vineyard. Stop by and see the fledglings this weekend!
2015 Vineyard Update June 16 2015
The 2015 growing season is off to a very warm start! Temperatures have already climbed into the 90’s and have been notably warmer than average throughout the season. As a result, the growing season is ahead of average.
Bloom is in full swing and should continue for a couple of weeks. It looks as though the warm, dry weather should continue throughout this year’s bloom, which is perfect conditions for vines during this phase. This year marked the earliest start to bloom since the vines were planted, a full two and a half weeks ahead of average.
Similarly, the vines have been growing at an incredibly rapid pace. We’ve seen a foot to a foot and a half of growth in the last 4-5 days. This type of growth results in many healthy leaves, which is good to have during bloom in order to contribute to a good fruit set.
So far, 2015 looks like another stellar vintage, similar to 2014. Cheers to another good vintage!