The characteristics and quality of each vintage starts in the vineyard. You can follow the journey of our wines from grape to glass starting with pruning come late February, bud break in May, rapid shoot growth and pollination in June with continual combing and maintenance of shoots for optimal sun exposure of the fruit through August. Bird netting goes on as soon as the berries start to sweeten and we are at constant alert of signs of disease and pest damage. Each step along the way is imperative to producing the highest quality grapes.
Mother Nature keeps things interesting for us and gives each vintage its own distinguishing characteristics. Vintage 2015 had its fair share of ups and downs. The vineyard broke bud around the first of May. We were hit with a hail storm where we basically had to hit the restart button on growth from secondary buds pushing back our harvest date and setting us back in yield as secondary buds aren't quite as fruitful as the first primary buds.