Autumn In Our Vineyards
Vineyards started picking the end of August, precipitated by the heat wave that sat on Northern California for several days, bringing temps throughout the Bay Area and Central Coast to over 100 degrees. Crop loads this year are very good, but dehydration in varying degrees from these several days of heat affected some vineyards, especially in the early ripening varieties. Cooler temps and chilly nights following the heat spell prolonged ripening for remaining fruit, although with some acid loss due to the heat spell. Despite the challenging weather, growers and winemakers anticipate excellent results.
Budbreak started early/mid March (later at higher elevations); bloom late May/early June. The Santa Cruz Mountains experienced a very wet winter with an incredible amount of rainfall – as much as 100″ and more in many locations. This meant attention to floor management and weed control; and canopy management with healthy vine vigor
Friday, November 10 at Heart O’the Mountain Vineyard, hosted by Brandon Armitage
Winterizing Your Vineyard, and Fire Prevention in Vineyards with Rich Casale, NRCS
This meeting will be about preparing your vineyard for the coming winter, including cover crops, erosion prevention (in the vineyard and outside the growing area, including roads), preventing landslides, what to do and not do in the event of debris flows, storm water runoff, mulching, etc. If we have even half the rain we had last winter these issues can be pertinent. Cover crops should be going in now, especially with rain coming in soon, and we would have liked to have had this meeting earlier, but you can also plant a late season, cold tolerant annual cereal grain.
Rich Casale recently ‘retired’ from the NRCS but was recently hired back to work in Napa and Sonoma in the aftermath of the catastrophic fires there. So, in addition, he will talk about fire prevention in our vineyards, a topic that has been foremost in our minds recently with wildfires locally in the past couple of months (Saratoga, and the Bear Fire) and the past couple of years, as well of course with the recent wildfires north of us.
Thank you to Brandon Armitage for hosting. He will talk about the vineyard and his wine production.
See recent meetings on the Meetings page here.
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