Vineyard Update | Early Frost

Mother Nature reasserted her command of events with 27 degree nights on both April 6th and 10th. Normally this would not have presented a problem as the buds on our vines would have not yet broken dormancy. Normally bud break occurs in mid-April; but normal seems to be a word being purged from the Virginia weather lexicon. After a mild winter with some very warm days, bud break came in the last week of March, two weeks early.  Two inches of tender green new growth was exposed to the freezing temps.

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Vineyard Update | A Visit From Dr. Tony Wolf

Today, Dr. Tony Wolf stopped by the vineyard to check on one of his experiments. For those of you not familiar with our state’s Viticulturist, Tony has an incredible resume: A Master’s in Horticulture from Penn State, a Ph.D. in Viticulture from Cornell and is currently the Director of, and Professor at the AH Smith Ag Research and Extension Center of Virginia Tech.

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