April is almost here. Time to switch to the spring and summer schedule. We will be closed for Easter Sunday. Monday, April 5th we go back to 11 am to 7pm, 7 days a week.
The vineyard looks much better after getting its late winter/early spring "hair cut". The sickle bar mower did a great job of clearing through the worst of the canes. It really let us get the vines back to the cordons. The Catawba were absolutely wild looking. They are the most vigorous of all the varieties we grow and they are the least fun to prune.
It looks like the vines are slowly waking up. As long as the nights stay cool, the risk of losing buds to a frost is reduced. This is probably the most anxious time of the year for us. Harvest means all is well so it is good stress. Spring makes you sit and wait and hope you make it through without a sneaky killing frost. Mother Nature can be fickle. 2008 was the worst. Many Missouri vineyards lost their harvest. Ours was significantly reduce by that late frost.
We are looking forward to spring and summer. Come by and have a picnic on the veranda. Enjoy a beautiful day in the Ozarks with some good food and a glass of wine.