Green acres are the place for me
Summer is almost here and activity around the winery and vineyard has become constant. On Wednesday Cecil, Candace, Sue and I enjoyed the sunlight and the light breeze in the vineyard as we all worked tucking shoots up into the trellis system. It’s enjoyable to work amongst the greenery and chat with everyone. “Many hands make the work light” and we got a lot done.
The next morning I packed up several cases of wine to bring to the Wine and Spirits Festival and made the familiar drive back to Toronto.
After a day or two break with my family, it’ll back to the County on Saturday. At 9 am I’ll be donning my tour guide hat and hosting our third annual Winery Bus Tour to Prince Edward County. (see Come on a Romp Through the County)
Everything is looking beautiful in the County and it’s hard to leave even for a day or two, but I was able to snap a few pictures to share.
Right now our tasting room is open Friday through Monday. In July and August we’ll be open every day.
Norm the neighbour bales hay from our vineyard headlands.
Our neighbour keeps the land tidy, counts the bales he takes from our land, and deducts a fee from the bill he sends us for keeping our lane clear in the winter. I love the old farm equipment he uses. When I was a kid I used to ride behind equipment like this on a hay wagon at my grandfather’s farm. The bales would come out as fast as my cousins and I could stack them. Great memories of green smells, warm sunshine and itchy eyes.
Each shoot has tiny finger-like growing tips that feel blindly in the air.
The fragility, vitality and optimism of the green shoots intrigues me. If they touch something they’ll wrap around it and pull the vine up into the sunlight.
An eight year old pinot noir vine that was pruned right back to the crown.
Normally this vine would have two canes tied up to the trellis, but in the process of burying and unburying, one in a thousand vines gets so damaged the solution is to prune it right back and hope for the best. In this case, the vine pushed four new shoots, which we’ll carefully protect from the cold this winter. We’ll only be rewarded with fruit from this vine in fall 2017.
Up in the canopy, each shoot has one or two inflorescences.
In the next week or two tiny flowers will bloom, self-fertilize, and start turning into grapes.