Snow, Snow, GO AWAY! It's Time To Prune

April 19, 2018

The snow is almost gone in the vineyard and the parking lot is drying up a bit.  So, now it's time to think pruning.   The last couple of years I started the end on April and finished around the middle of May.   With the warmer temperatures my plan is to start working in the vineyard next week.....starting on April 23.    I have some netting to take down and wires to tighten before I start to prune and just a day to get ready.    What I could use for help this year, is to have someone to take the cut vines off the trellis.....what that means is....I'll do all the cuts and I just need someone to take the cut canes off and lay them on the ground.

If you want to learn how to prune, I do two different methods, one is cane pruning and the other is spur pruning.   It all depends on the variety and the health of the vine.  On my first walk through the vineyard everything looks like it survived the winter.  The deer and the rabbits didn't do much damage and the weather seemed to cooperate.

So if you are looking to learn about pruning or just want to get outdoors and watch the geese heading north, give me a call and I can give you more details.   

And check out the Summer Supper Schedule, as we are getting bookings already.

-R   

 


 

What a Winter!

March 19, 2018
Wine Lovers:

What a Winter !    More Snow and cooler temps, but when I checked the vines last week they all look good.
  
Pruning season will be here soon and this notice to those who would like to learn the two different methods that we use at the vineyard , your welcome anytime to come out and take a lesson .    You can also check out our website and see the video that Mike made of me pruning in the vineyard.

Last years grapes are still at the winery (getting happy) and Randy is in the final st...

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2017 Year End Wrap Up

November 29, 2017
Greetings,

This was our 15th year for our oldest grapes the King of the North, and it will be the end of the Alpha Rose wine.    We will have a small supply to sell in 2018 , but starting with this years crop we will be making Sangria with our Valiant and King of the North varieties.   In the vineyard our other varieties continue to produce a little more and this year we missed the frost and hail that wiped out some our grapes last year.   We started pruning the middle of April and finished th...

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Summer is ending and the Fall is here already

September 21, 2017

It's been a great summer here at the vineyard.......it's been a little dry but it didn't seem to affect the grapes.    Our crop this year is looking good and if we miss the fall thunderstorms with no hail it could exceed last years.    We tested all the varieties on Saturday and it showed we should wait another week before we harvest.    So our plan is to start picking on Wednesday the 27th and continue through the weekend.     According to the tests, it's looks like the Frontenac 200 vines w...


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2016 End Of Year Wrap Up

January 4, 2017
It was a busy year along the Red Trail.    With hail, birds,and deer that tried to destroy our crop the weather seemed to be the savior.
We started with an early spring and we finish pruning on May 3rd.   We could see that with the nice weather early I thought it was to our benefit to prune as late as possible and on May 14th we had a lite frost, but it didn't seem to hurt the vines.   I think with our elevation of 300 ft above the valley and the late pruning our vines remained healthy with th...

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Spring 2016

April 11, 2016
It's hard to believe that 14 years ago I was in search of grape vines to plant.   In the spring of 2003 I was trying to chose what site would work best for growing grapes as to the slope of the land and also trees that would give us some wind protection.    The area I picked became our north vineyard and as I measured and staked the vineyard area I thought wow ....these 5 acres would be a big garden and I wondered how many times I would be walking up and down each row in the coming ye...

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Year #12 comes to a close...

November 3, 2015
Another year at the vineyard is over.....number 12.     Our vineyard continues to change with the removal of some vines and the planting of exciting new varieties.    In January we started out with a little pruning in our test area, of our 2-1-17 and I took over 100 cuttings to NDSU to be put in their Greenhouse and rooted.    These we planted in the spring on the west side.
   
Also in January and February, our juice from the 2014 crop was now getting happy at the two wineries.   Un...

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Fall Grape Harvest Coming Soon!

September 9, 2015
It's September already!   What a busy year it has been.     The grapes decided to bud a little earlier than normal and almost to early, as we had a late may frost, but they survived and throughout the summer it looked like our production would hit a new high.     But on August 14th we got hit by a hail storm that took out about 40% of the crop.    We are still looking forward to a good crop but it could have been better.    Oh well     Maybe next year !        Yesterday I tested the ...

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Latest News from the Vineyard

April 27, 2015
Looks like Spring has arrived and we are currently half done with the pruning.     I have the North Vineyard finished and will start of the South Vineyard today.     The south  vineyard are a bit younger and smaller plants and is done on a VSP Trellis so it  will go a lot faster.   All the varieties are looking good after our mild winter and the new Petite Pearls that were planted last year are looking good.     The Petite Pearl takes longer to get established and to produce fruit,  I'...
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Wrap Up

November 20, 2014
It was another busy year at the vineyard !        Thank you to the many that came and enjoyed our Friday Nite Suppers and we plan to continue and hopefully do a few more next year.    One of the High-lites of the year was our wine event introducing some of the new wines the Petite Pearl,  2-1-17, and 1-1-34.   The last 2 are experimental and don't have a name but all 3 have a great potential of becoming a variety to grow in the future.  We have over 200 Petite Pearls in the ground and ...

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Red Trail Vineyard
Buffalo, Nd
Red Trail Vineyard