Don’t look now, but we have some serious viticultural growth going on out there! Despite the cool and damp conditions, shoots are expanding at a rapid pace. It’s as if the vines couldn’t hold it in any longer and just exploded with life.
As a precaution for potential winter injury, we always leave an extra “insurance” cane on each vine that is not tied down with the others. Initial observations tell me that we can safely go through and remove these extra canes, as most primary buds are appear to be viable. This job will keep my dad and I busy for a couple of weeks – but don’t hesitate to pull me out of the vineyard for a quick tasting should you decide to pop in for a visit!