work in the vineyard

The vineyard 411 with Robin- different grape varieties

The vineyard 411 with Robin- different grape varieties

As promised I have a few of our different grape varieties from our vineyards to compare and show just how different grape vines can be from each other and the methods we use to determine that. As well I have an update from the progress of the vines and what the jobs/steps that are next this week. And finally I introduce my main partner in vine (see what I did there?) Tawny the golden retriever.

The vineyard 411 with Robin

The vineyard 411 with Robin

Your 411 on all things vine! Every week I’ll be taking you through the vineyards of Rocky Creek and explaining exactly what stage the vines are at, what we are doing in the vineyard to ensure the best quality grapes will be grown for our harvest this year, and as well as the considerations we take and some of the decisions that are made. Fresh from my degree at Brock University for winemaking and viticulture I’m excited to let you into the world of wine, as great wine can only be made from great grapes!

Thoughts after the Cowichan Valley Wine Festival – Fall 2018

Thoughts after the Cowichan Valley Wine Festival – Fall 2018

The seasons in the wine business are quite distinct.  We just finished a great festival. See photos from the Cowichan Valley Wine Festival and also our cooking demos recipes. Enjoy the fall season and stay tuned as we are doing this festival again in 2019.

Musings from the Vines – Summer 2018

Musings from the Vines – Summer 2018

The seasons in the wine business are quite distinct.  The ongoing pruning and maintenance of the grape vines is a huge job and keeps our crew busy for most of the summer months.  Grape shoots have to be tucked into the trellis wires, leaves in the fruiting zone have to be stripped.  Extra shoots have to be removed.