Happy New Year everybody!
In the vineyard, I already feel like it's a completely new year, with nothing but promise abound.
The vines are deep in dormancy now, as it seems like we are getting quite a winter this year. Frost, rain and fog have been a common occurrence, which are actually a plus when these things happen in winter for vines and other deciduous crops.
Mid-December marked the time we started pruning the vines and really started the process for vintage 2023! Besides some mechanized downsizing of the vines, this is still a very manual labor job with workers doing about 25 vines an hour.
The pruning varies by variety, site and some market considerations, but the good part is we have all winter to get the job done. As I write this our workforce stayed home due to rain. But just because the workers have been discouraged today, wine tasters should not be. Unlike many other "winery tasting rooms" you can actually taste indoors at GRAND ISLAND VINEYARDS in our wonderful climate control tasting room, watch the rain through our many windows and even just be cozy on the couch.
We look forward to seeing you soon!