It's been a busy time in the vineyard! We've finished pruning/training, moving around a ton of dirt and wood (take a look at the top of the hill when you visit...it's wide open space now for future expansion of the vineyard and more parking), and finishing up planting new grapevines in the vineyard. Every year during early Spring, we plant new grapevines to expand our 50 acre vineyard, as well as to replace dead vines or vines that aren't doing well. During the past few weeks we have planted more Merlot, Pinot Noir, Vidal, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. It's a long and arduous process with lots of bending and digging. While we have an auger that can drill a hole into the ground, it still requires using good old-fashioned shovel digging to finish the job for the holes. Fingers crossed the the rain holds out for the weekend, we should be done planting by Monday or Tuesday! You can see in the pictures how much work the guys put in during planting time, and the budding on the vines.
We experienced bud break around mid to late April and now we're in the real growing season. It's been a good start so far, although we could use a few dry, sunny days. It was a mild winter, and thankfully, even during the few frosty nights a couple of weeks ago that gave us some sleepless nights, we didn't experience too much frost damage. Soon the buds will start to flower and the grape clusters will begin to grow.
Visit us at the vineyard throughout the summer, so you can see the different stages of grape growth! As the days warm up, our outdoor deck is open for picnics paired with your favorite glass or bottle of wine. Of course, I'll be here looking for attention as always...and maybe a milkbone treat or two. Oh! Oh! Oh! I can't forget that Sangria weekends start in June! Check out our Events Page to see what's coming to BMV this summer.
I hope to see you soon!
Happy Sipping! Love, Vidal