Vineyard in Full Bloom
While all seasons are unique in the vineyards, spring is an exceptionally beautiful time at JUSTIN. The vines, missing their leafy grandeur, are still full of life and prepping for the next round of growth. With increasing traffic to JUSTIN after the cold winter, new wine releases, and a new menu in The Restaurant, there is no shortage of lively happenings. From weddings to events, the winery is a festive place to be, as you’ll witness the beginning stages of growth on the vines after having lain dormant for the past several months.
Although winter months may not see quite the flurry of activity, necessary steps are required to keep the vineyard healthy. Erosion control ensures that topsoil does not get washed into nearby streams during the rainy season and soil amendments such as compost are applied to provide nutrients. Cover crop is planted, and then pruning begins in January.
While the vines are dormant, vineyard owners and winemakers can review the previous season’s successes, or areas in need of improvement, and begin plotting a course for the coming year. Mother Nature holds many of the cards, so a close eye is kept on possible weather patterns. Precipitation, frost, wind, too warm of a winter, or too cool of a spring can all affect the future crop.
Bud break occurs in late March to early April and flowering follows in May. Once the tiny flowers on the clusters are fertilized, the berries continue to grow in size until veraison in July, when sugar begins accumulating and seeds begin ripening. And the cycle starts anew!
With the temperatures starting to warm up, we hope that you are enjoying the season at home or with us sipping on what is ultimately the final “fruits” of our labor.