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
February 20, 2018
UC Davis Comes to the Santa Cruz Mountains with a Program on Vine Health
We have been working with UC Davis on a program of viticulture topics pertinent especially to our region. Speakers from UCD will be coming to the Santa Cruz Mountains (location to be finalized). We are fortunate to be able to benefit from their expertise right here at home.
We are also very fortunate to hear from Doug Gubler, who is an expert in vine trunk disease and who recently retired from UCD, but who is coming to talk to us.
This program is for all growers in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and all winemakers to learn more about some of the issues in our vineyards. The topics on diseases will include prevention and mitigation. The effect of disease and viticulture practices on phenolics are included.
The program and speakers will include:
- Doug Gubler: vine trunk diseases
- Dario Cantu: — powdery mildew (Cantu is head of the Cantu Lab at UCD researching powdery mildew, vine trunk diseases, etc.)
- Larry Bettiga: vine mealy bug. VMB is more prevalent in our region than we realize, and extends from Watsonville to Woodside.
- Anita Oberholster: Red Blotch – effect on grapes and phenolics. Red Blotch is here, too.
- Kaan Kurtural: leaf removal, trellising and viticultural impacts on flavor
The program will be all morning on Feb. 20 and include lunch.
Cost will be $30
(registration information will be provided shortly)
SAVE THE DATE: February 20
Take off from work if you need to and don’t miss this program!
More information will be forthcoming, including location, registration, and the official flier.
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