Spring was long and cold and brought a lot of rain throughout the region and with it pressure from mildew and other fungal diseases in many vineyards. Rain during bloom in some vineyards will affect croploads. For those vineyards that started bloom after the rains the crop is looking very strong. In many vineyards bloom was late, and then budbreak, and then veraison. Veraison started in many vineyards in August, and harvest is later than usual. Although an unusual growing season for many it has resulted in plentiful croploads with excellent fruit. Many growers are enthusiastic about the 2019 vintage.
2019 Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrapes Available – See the Buy/Sell Exchange page here.
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To be scheduled following harvest.
July 25: Grafting Demo at Muns Vineyard
Ed Muns will give a grafting demonstration, and talk about the site-specific practices at this high elevation vineyard growing Pinot Noir and Syrah on the Loma Prieta ridge.
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Industry Conferences/Educational Opportunities
Sustainable Ag Expo, Nov. 11-13, San Luis Obispo. More info here.
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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.
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Secretary: June Salsbury, Spring Hollow Vineyard
Treasurer: Rick Clarke, Empty Nest Vineyard
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The 2018 vintage by and large is seeing excellent crop loads and stellar quality. Cool temps from early Sept. on allowed for long hang time and for many a delayed harvest that developed fruit flavors. However, the myriad microclimates of the mountains makes it difficult to generalize, and a warm August precipitated ripening and harvest for some. Growers and winemakers are excited by the 2018 vintage and what it promises in the bottle!