While the first run of the season has a bit of a party atmosphere, now we are settling into the routine, and recognizing this is just plain hard work. Boredom can’t set in, or we make costly and devastating mistakes. We can’t ignore any of the details, or things go wrong. So we watch, pay attention, think, taste, test (for SO2, filtration, finished wine stats) and we keep the line running as smoothly as possible. While there is a temptation to hurry through and get outside to (finally) working in the vineyard, we know that a slow and steady pace makes for much better wines.
The vineyard season is finally underway, with bud break just about “normal” (a concept that often eludes us in this variable and cool grape growing climate!) While bud break was slow to come, we know that the work to follow will be fast and furious. All the tractors have been through basic maintenance and are running fine right now, but that certainly won’t last. One well placed rock can wreak havoc. That’s why we keep 5 tractors of various sizes – there is always one available to do the job. And the excitement this year is the new sprayer, which will keep one of the tractors fully occupied. Toys in the vineyard stop traffic when they get delivered – it is like Christmas, only better.