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December, 2013

Our vineyard had a difficult year dealing with the hail storm right before harvest, the rains and subsequent bunch rot that occurred, and very high yields.

Fortunately, we had a very unique fall this year as we did not get a freeze until November 25.

We also had our first snowfall in the Chiricahuas which is always visually spectacular. Much of the vineyard was still green!

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Vineyard still green well into November

Right after harvest is a very important time for the vines. As soon as the grapes are picked, the plants start to focus on root development and overall recuperation. We usually only have a month or so for this to occur before the first freeze but we had two months this year.

To help things along, post-harvest we injected nitrogen and boron through the irrigation system and topically applied potassium and magnesium. Topical application is spraying these elements directly on the leaves as they are absorbed better this way. These additives should help the vines survive the winter and be ready to go next spring.

Although we have cut back on the amount of irrigation from the growing season, we will continue to water the plants throughout the winter. The next major step in the vineyard will be pruning which will occur in March.

 


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