It’s a long time since my first week at Misha’s Vineyard – and a lot has happened! After a cooler, drier and windier spring than we have had in a while, we finally had some growth on our canopy in late November. December saw a very successful flowering period and some stunning weather throughout the month. In January we started our crop load adjustments which is where we remove bunches so that we’re ripening just the amount of fruit we require to ensure high quality yields (and not high quantity) and we trimmed the canopy and did a lot of leaf plucking to ensure we expose the fruit to the sun for good ripening. In February was all go with putting on the bird nets and now in mid-March we can finally breathe out and let the vines slowly ripen the crop.
Our casuals will have a bit of time to head off and do a bit of travelling before we start harvest and get into the real fun of grape growing. I must admit I can smell harvest in the air and every year I get a few wee butterflies of excitement as it gets closer. This year those butterflies might reflect a bit more nerves, but since the hard work is done and the weather has so far be kind, I can only sit back and look forward to a few weeks of smiles and high fives as the grapes make their journey from vineyard to winery. In anticipation of tasting the spoils from a good growing season, I might just raise a glass (or two) and reflect on the successes of previous vintages. Cheers!