The Long Vacation
The month from about the middle of December to the middle of January is essentially a month-long vacation in the vineyards and winery. All of the loose ends from harvest have been tied up and it’s a period when wines, vines, and workers alike can take a breather from the hard work they do the other 11 months of the year. However, even in the midst of vacation, Derek is making a list and starting to plan for when everyone comes back from vacation. No warm and tropical paradise, no wintery and magical wonderland vacation for this avowed homebody (and by de facto, his offspring and wife, who are also on vacation from school- insert eye roll emoji here). And now for his list…
Everyone will be back (except Derek who never left) January 14th. At that time, we will start to top our 2017’s and 2018’s and monitor FSO2 again. We will be checking on our last few blocks to finish MLF. Towards the end of January, we’ll start putting together and stabilizing our 2018 whites (Viognier, Mama Mia, and Muscat) and our Rosé that are to be bottled in mid-February. Always exciting to be bottling a new vintage!
In the vineyard, we’ve had some really cold weather which has pushed the vines into an earlier than normal dormancy (vine version of vacation) which will allow us to start the pre-pruning process a week or two earlier than normal. Leaf fall has been pretty even across the vineyards which is a really good sign, particularly after the slow 2018 growing season. The pre-pruning, done by our in-house vineyard crew, will take about 2 weeks, after which we will start to drop wires. In between, there are dead vines to remove, broken posts to fix, etc. Of course, it’s all weather dependent- if the rain finally decides to show up again, then things get pushed back, Ah, the joys of farming.
Whether you’ve been on vacation the last few weeks, or not- hoping you all had a great start to 2019!