Spring buds on the vines

Just when you wonder if spring will ever be here. Just when you have gotten tired of my photos of barren vines. Here they are: Gewürztraminer buds And more Gewürztraminer buds.   And more dirt work going on around here. Putting finishing touches to the winery....

The vineyards in early spring

You only thought that the pictures in the last entry looked barren. Here are a few more from today. Some of the vines that I showed you pictures of yesterday were only in the process of being pruned. These vines represent the vines after pruning has been completed for...

Frostguards

This is just the kind of photo that Cliff doesn’t want me to show you, but… it looks just the way we want it to look this time of year in our vineyards in early spring. We still have the possibility of freezing weather in the month of March and even into...

Work at the Winery and in the Vineyards

So much work is going on here at the winery that I am running about two weeks behind keeping you up-to-date on how progress is going. We have had our ups … and downs. Maybe a little more “up” then Cliff would like. Remember he was way up there while...

Another day of harvest…

  The harvester has been going just about all night, and it is still going this morning. This picture is of the harvester running on the 15th of this month. The rest of these pictures are a mixture from that date till today. The days have been a whirlwind, so you...

New big boy toys

We have been so busy that I can’t remember which new toys that I have showed you  and which ones I haven’t. It seems as though we have been working on concrete for weeks. Remember this photo. There was a little delay because of rain. Then back to work a few days...

Crush press machines

Well, the test results came back from the grapes that were sampled last Friday. No need to test again till this Friday. Now we can turn our interest to our new sorting and press machinery that we are putting in at our barn.   Concrete work was delayed by the rains...

First day of grape testing for the fall

Yesterday, we started the first day of testing all grapes, of all varieties, in all plots, in all of our vineyards. The time is finally here. At this time of year, some Texas vineyards in other parts of the state are already harvesting or even finished harvesting. For...

The vineyards are greening up after the much needed rains

Rain! We actually got some rain. We have received 3 to 4 inches of rain in 4 days. We are thankful to God for these much needed rains. Cliff was saying that it might actually be nice if it would not rain for a couple of weeks. Of course by then, we will be praying for...

Hail Update for the Vineyards

Yes, I said hail, not freeze. We seem to be so preoccupied with late spring freezes that we forget about the other hazards of growing grapes on the High Plains. Hail being one of them. During the last rain which we had on Sunday morning on the 25th, we had hail some...