The 2017 harvest has started. 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 with widespread dehydration in varying degrees from the prolonged heat.
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, Aug. 11 at Peter Martin Ray Vineyard
Preparing for Harvest, and Aerial Vigor Mapping
with Kevin Gould, Hawk Aerial and
Rick Anzalone, vineyard manager
Friday, August 11
4:00pm at Peter Martin Ray Vineyard, 22000 Mt. Eden Rd., Saratoga
Kevin Gould, owner of Hawk Aerial, will give us a presentation and demonstration of the use of drones for mapping vineyard vigor and analytics to help pinpoint problem areas. We also want to take this opportunity to talk about preparing for harvest, with a discussion led by Rick Anzalone, vineyard manager for the Peter Martin Ray Vineyard. This will be a great opportunity to visit this historic vineyard in Saratoga.
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