Daily Archive for May 18th, 2013

Tractor in Syrah 12 foot Spacing

5.18.13-tractor-vineyardNormally an image of a tractor in the vineyard puts people to sleep, but this image is interesting because the tractor is in our original planting of Chenin Blanc, planted in 1972 in 12 foot rows. The Chenin Blanc was grafted over to Syrah about 30 years ago.

The vines are on their own roots and although over 40 years old are still producing our best Syrah. We have re-planted on both sides of this bloc in 6 foot rows with Pinot Noir but we don’t dare mess with these old vines. Who would have thought that Syrah on Chenin Blanc root stock would produce good wine?

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View from Northside Vineyard

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Taken with a telescopic lens from our Chardonnay bloc on the northside of the river, looking south, the winery can barely be seen behind a clump of trees just below the bare brown hill.

The riverbed is dry but there is actually a trickle flowing – most of it is underground. This ‘trickle’ keeps the wells, downstream from Cachuma dam, filled and in a dry year, like this one, we have to irrigate earlier than usual.

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