Editor's note: I've convinced my hubby to be an occasional guest blogger to tell you about what is happening in the vineyard each month! Welcome Johnnie ;-D Now you'll know about Birdland Vineyards as well as Birdland Creations!
Winter time, well really the time after harvest and before pruning is the quietest time of the year for grape growers as the vines are dormant and there is very little to do, particularly in northern california as this is also the rainy season. The vines can survive frost and wet and even the gophers seem to be quiet, perhaps as their holes and tunnels get full of water when it rains hard.
|New grafted Godello vines in May 2010|
Last year we decided to do an experiment with 2 winemakers by grafting to our rootstock a Spanish white grape varietal called Godello. We tried it out with about 300 vines and although we know that there were a few that didn't take the big test will come after we prune when we find out which of the canes from last year produce buds. Hopefully we shall get a good percentage that survived and with luck produce enough grapes for us to make some wine to try out.
|Godello grafted vines February 2011|