I have just returned from surveying all of our vineyard partners here in the North Willamette Valley. It has been a tremendously good August thus far and the forecast looks superb for the remaining week. This definitely gets us fired up!
Set (amount of crop) looks to be heavy, so we are busy thinning fruit like banshees. Most vines are being cropped at one cluster per shoot, which should put us nicely where we want to be for tonnages: 2 to 2.5 tons per acre for most blocks.
The canopies look green and healthy, so we should have plenty of solar panels (leaves) to help us in ripening the clusters perfectly. And speaking of ripening, I saw the first purple berries on Tuesday, which is always something to get excited about. Let’s get it on!