Welcome back again to another vineyard season at Glyn Mawr Vineyard! After such a long and record-breaking cold winter, our spring season went by like a blink of an eye, and we are now sitting in summer-like conditions in our vineyard! Now, I will first say, we are definitely NOT complaining that summer has finally arrived. Our vines were dormant for so long, we were wondering when we would finally see bud break. And, we are excited to work in warm conditions...that almost always beats layering on the coveralls on fighting the winds! :)
But, a short spring means less time to prepare for playing catch-up when our vines start to grow. Because, when they start to grow, there's no stopping them and my mom and I just try to master the art of maintaining the chaos! In the spring, we prune our dormant vines, and apply a lime sulfur spray as a preventative for several types of fungus. We also try to get to any trellis system maintenance, which usually involves hammering in loose staples, replacing any old or broken posts, and tightening the trellis wires. We also have to pick up all of the prunings out of the vineyard, and prepare to tackle weed control within our rows. That may sound like a short list, but when you have 1100 vines spread over 2.3 acres...it just seems to always take longer than we plan. :)
But, as we enter June, our vines are really looking healthy this year! We were unsure how this winter would affect our vines, but all varieties had very little winter kill. Overall, each variety is sporting its best spring appearance this year!! :) Time will tell how this season's crop load will look, so we'll just do our best managing the vineyard and enjoying our "therapy" time out there working! I have included some spring vineyard pics when our vines were still dormant and we were pruning and applying lime sulfur. 'Til next time!