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'm thinking 4 to 5 years. This year we will be planting a new
variety from Tom Plocher call 2-1-17 and hopefully will get named
soon. We will also be planting another experimental from Tom in the
South of the South Vineyard we will be starting to
plant apple trees. We will be planting 20 trees and see how they
grow. We also purchase 75 various trees from the Soil
Conservation Service to replace some of the trees in the grove around
the vineyard. I will start working on the Hops next week . This
past winter I visited a Hop Farmer in Oregon......so this year I will
try and do things the right way....you will have to come and check them
out this summer.
Our first Friday Nite Supper will be on Saturday
the 23rd (Italian Nite). And we will post soon the schedule for the
rest of year, on the website or on our Facebook page. Some of our
wines will be new and are in the bottle, getting happy.