The vines have been growing for some weeks. Cover crops between rows are an erosion control during the rainy season. Now to conserve water and encourage vine health we are cultivating alternate rows.
The disk Russell is using is specially sized to go between the rows.
It takes several passes to break up the soil.
So the work goes on.
While Peter or Russell are tilling, the crew is “shoot thinning”. Each bud on the cane puts forth 2 shoots so one is carefully knocked off by hand so the other can grow vigorously. If you look closely, you can see the extra shoots and leaves on the ground.
These vines have not yet been “shoot thinned”.
While grapes are wind pollinated” the wildflowers around the winery and in the woods are “creature” pollinated. There is lots for the native bees and our new honey bees to eat.
It is a wonderful time to come out and enjoy the fruit of past vintages and participate in the beginnings of this.
Emily founded Winter's Hill Estate with her husband Peter in 1990.
Winter's Hill is an Estate winery located in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. The Gladhart family owns and operates Winter's Hill, from managing the vineyard and the rest of our farm, to making our wines, to greeting you in the tasting room when you come to visit...
2014 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
92 pts Wine Spectator "Sleek and focused, with fine tannins around a spicy core of red berry, white pepper and violet flavors, gliding easily into a long and expressive finish." read more
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