Here is a quick pictorial essay of the entire 2021 season.
On a bright blue day in February, pruning of the dormant vines is the first order of business (here we severely pruned an old vine Zinfandel block and piled up these cuttings for a local artist’s wood project)
The vines after pruning, a bit of rain falls, and the mustard cover crop starts to push
Soon the mustard is towering over the vines (here I am in a drone-shot in a newly planted Cabernet block)
It will be time soon to begin actively farming for the season, and so we start prepping the equipment for the next few months of heavy use.
Growing and harvesting the fruit is half the battle. Next up is the winemaking. Every load of fruit is very carefully weighed, by law, so that each grower’s property can be carefully tracked all the way into bottle; every drop.
Always an education to follow your interesting timelines and posts.
Dear gosh you make that horse look good. Ranger
Always a pleasure to see the year in photos! Looking good Mr W.
Great to see all the hard work and expertise involved in making great wine! Looking forward to tasting! Glad you could escape to Montana and get in some riding! Enjoy:-) my best to both you and Cynthia!
Beautiful photos to accompany your interesting stories about the 2021 growing season! Thank you.
Cowboy Ken. A natural.