The 2017 vintage is off to a good start, with budbreak starting early/mid March (later at higher elevations). The Santa Cruz Mountains experienced a very wet winter with an incredible amount of rainfall – 70-80″ and more in most locations, with 100″ reported near the tops of the ridges on the coastal side.
Next Meeting: Thursday, April 20 — Shoot Thinning, with Ron Mosley at Domaine Eden
See more information on the Meetings page here.
Thermaculture, with Marty Fischer, President, Agrothermal Systems
Thursday, March 23
3:30pm at Stockwell Cellars
1100 Fair Ave., Santa Cruz
Agrothermal Systems has pioneered the use of thermaculture, a new sustainable method that uses heat, applied with a machine pulled by a tractor, to promote healthier plants and improve yields. Benefits include improved set, reduced pesticide use, and improved wine quality by increasing phenols and antioxidant levels. This method is currently in use in vineyards throughout California and locally at Windy Oaks, in the Pacific Northwest and Europe. It is effective for various varietals, and has been found to be especially beneficial to Pinot Noir. Dr. Richard Smart joined the company last year to help develop the science behind thermaculture. Find out more from this presentation about what thermaculture is and how it works.
This is our first meeting of the year and it will give us all a chance to reconnect starting out the 2017 vintage (after a very wet winter!). As usual, please bring a bottle of wine to share.
Membership dues are only $50 annually and are due at the beginning of the year. Membership is open to those sharing an interest in viticulture in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Please download the Membership Application from the Membership page here (and please include the form with renewals in order to convey any changes).
To serve the common interests of all Santa Cruz Mountains appellation winegrape producers, and to enhance the quality, profitability and reputation of winegrape production in the appellation through promotion and education.
President: Mary Lindsay
Vice President: Ken Swegles
Secretary: June Salsbury
Treasurer: Rick Clarke