What a crazy winter we’ve been having again this year. Last year the snow was in February, this year it was mostly in January. Last year we had over 6 feet of snow throughout the season, this year only about 2 ½ feet. Not as much but surely enough. Since the temperatures were so cold in January when we were covered with snow, the grapevines remained insulated. This is actually good for the vines that would normally be more sensitive to the colder temperatures. Also, since the snow wasn’t waist high we were able to complete winter pruning on schedule. We’re still tying vines and as soon as the snow melts we’ll be gathering all of the cuttings. Before you know it, buds will be popping, then breaking open and leaves will be on the vines.
This year we’ve been checking out the activity in the vineyard when we’re not looking. I have an outdoor, motion sensored camera that has taken some very interesting photographs. So far we’ve gotten no surprises – we know we have deer ….. a lot of deer … and we also have more birds than a vineyard needs. These are 2 of my favorite pictures, we’ve gotten a lot of laughs out of our new “deer” friend. Although birds are not “friends” of the vineyard I also think this is a really neat picture. Enjoy the photos and remember spring is just around the corner. Come on out to visit!
Kreutz Creek Vineyards