This is the time of year when all the leaves are brown and the sky is gray, but the work is never done even on such a winter's day. We are pruning, making cuttings for replanting some of our oldest vines and making plans for the upcoming growing season.
The mild winter has given us time to work outside, but we worry about our vines waking up from their winter slumber too soon. We don't want a repeat of the frost damage like we got in 2008.
We will be speaking March 5 at the Springfield Botanical Center at the Slow Food Southwest Missouri's "Get A Farmer" event. This was a great event last year and this year should be bigger and better. Stop in to learn about the agriculture in our community.
We should have some VESTA students to help with pruning soon. This is a great program that helps aspiring viticulturists get hands on experience in vineyard management and wine making.
Our winter hours are 12pm to 6pm Wednesday through Sunday. Give us a call if there is any snow or ice to be sure we made it to the winery.