It seems that spring has finally come to Courting Hill Vineyard. At long last we have budbreak! Hallelujah, praise the wine gods! The vines have awoken and the first tiny leaves have begun to emerge. These shoots will become the fruiting canes that will produce the grapes for our Fall 2011 harvest. The photo below shows primary and secondary buds on one of our many 30-year-old Pinot plants. Most of the secondary buds will be rubbed off by hand, leaving only the primary buds to receive the plant’s nutrient resources as they develop into the fruiting canes.
For the sake of the berries and for the sake of our outdoor summertime fun, let’s hope for a nice, toasty growing season!