Late Bud-Breaking News
As we near the beginning of May, we have now experienced bud break on all varietals with the exception of our young Cabernet Sauvignon vines. This puts the start of the growing season 3-5 days behind last year, possibly due to the cool, wet spring we are having. Now that the young leaves are growing, early morning frosts become a concern. Our cultural practices of mowing the vineyard floor and retaining extra buds has limited the damage. The extra buds will be removed in mid-May after the concern of frost has passed.
Upper Vineyard Progress
We are progressing toward an expected early June planting date of 2 acres of Pinot noir, Pinot blanc, and Chardonnay in our new upper vineyard. The vineyard floor has been mowed, 99% of the fence posts are up, and more than half of the drip emitters have been installed. The main tasks ahead are to finish the emitters and to drill the holes for the 3,000 plants. Still much to do, but feeling good about the progress right now.
In the past few years we have spent many hours of weed eating to control the grasses under the vines. Recenlty we learned from our biodynamic neighbors Troon Vineyard about an organic herbicide product called Weed Slayer. It's made from natural derivatives of clove oil and molasses and can be applied using a backpack sprayer. Results thus far look promising. If this works it will save us some time and back ache, while being safe for the environment and the workers. We also control the grasses on the vineyard floor with a very eager mowing crew of which we have a brand new team member...Sarah, our new lamb!
Classic Car Weekend at Schultz Glory Oaks Vineyard
Many of our guests are drawn to our restored '52 Chevy Pickup upon their arrival at the vineyard. As we chat it's clear that there is a lot of interest in the classics and that many of our wine club members have antique cars of their own. So why not showcase them and have some fun at the same time? On Sunday July 21st we invite anyone who has a classic auto or just loves looking at them and talking about them to join us. It's nothing formal mind you, but for anyone who brings their classic out we will treat them to wine club discounts for the weekend. For those who are already Schultz wine club members your vehicle entitles you to an additional 10% off your club prices. Greg will have his truck all cleaned up and waiting for you!