Our grape vines are finally awake! Bud break occurred last week, starting with our Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, which means the growing season has finally begun (and a sure sign of warmer weather and increasing sunshine). Naturally, this is a highly anticipated event around here. Bud break happens when the soil warms up and water begins circulating throughout the vines. The dormant buds swell and shoots begin to grow from the buds.
This spring was a particularly wet and cool one. New England temperatures dipped down to near-record lows, even into late March. Richard (our winemaker) wondered if the growing season would start behind schedule because of the cooler temperatures, but thankfully we’re not far off. While the winter seemed cold and harsh to many of us we’re happy to report that it was not unkind to our vines. We did lose some vines, we do every year, but not to the point that we have to do any replanting this year.
This will be the third year for our Albariño vines, and we’ll be able to harvest a small crop this fall. We’re really excited about introducing this new flavor. You can read more about it in this blog post from last year.
We’re looking forward to a successful growing season. Come visit us during what we think is one of the most beautiful times of the years here at the vineyard.