Welcome to the 411
Hello! If you’ve visited the winery in the last five years you might’ve tried our Robin’s Rose and possibly heard Linda talk about me, Robin, and how I’ve been at Brock University in Ontario studying winemaking.
Well five years later and I’m finally done! I even got to make some wine for a thesis project (that’s me proudly smiling with it in the photo). Now that I’m done my degree I’m back on the family farm for a bit and I’ve decided to blog about our vines and the journey they take throughout the year to from bud break to harvest!
I’ll be covering the stage that the grapes are at and whats going on in the vineyard each week, so you too can get up close and personal with the vines! So let’s get started!
The start to the growing season!
Spring is in the air here on the island.
The cherry blossoms are out, the tulips are showing, and most importantly the buds on the grapevines are bursting. This signifies the start of the grape growing season for us here at the winery and we can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us.
Once these grapes get going they can grow up to 4 inches per day! So you have to be on the ball for managing crucial steps throughout the season. At this point my Dad (Mark the winemaker) and I are able to observe if there was any damage from the past winter and determine how many buds there are per vine.
This is important because we don’t want to stress out the vines with too much fruit otherwise you won’t get high quality, ripe grapes in the fall. We are just monitoring the three vineyards we have checking out the health of the buds and getting ready for the upcoming year. So stay tuned for next week’s update as it may surprise you the difference a week can make in the field!