Dear Wine makers and
The topsy-turvy weather of April and May went from record setting warmth in the first two weeks of April to cooler
temperature in later April that included several freeze warnings. Fortunately, we saw only minor damage in a couple
of blocks that resulted in little more than some early shoot adjustment. Bud break had occurred in late April
in many varieties, quite a bit earlier than normal, so the freeze warnings gave rise to some serious concern.
The warmth returned and growth accelerated – we went from 3" shoots to 10 inch shoots in a few days and we saw
trace bloom in Leon Millot on May 26 – the earliest we can remember.
As of last evening,
June 5th, 22 of our 30 varieties were in bloom to which pre-bloom sprays had been applied. The Pinot
Noir and Gewurztraminer showed trace bloom – they will receive their pre-bloom sprays today, weather
permitting. That means bloom has initiated in over 80% of our varieties. There have been years when we
saw trace of first bloom later than this – remarkable!!
vines have been shoot-adjusted, suckered with renewals retained where appropriate, catch wires lifted in
(Vertical Shoot Positioned) and shoots tucked and positioned in divided
canopies. With the rain and warmth we have seen in the last week, the growth has been very rapid and the tucking
and lifting of catch wires will continue.
With the rapid growth that has occurred we may consider starting our post-bloom sprays a tad earlier than
usual. The pre-bloom and 2 post-bloom sprays are the most critical sprays in the program, if one is to
achieve healthy vines and clean fruit. This is most important in terms of keeping you, our customers,
At this juncture we
are 14 days ahead of the long-term average. It’s very early and we have a ways to go, but one can’t help
thinking about the (possible) potential for late harvest. If the conditions were to be right, are any of you
interested in a Late Harvest Riesling in addition to the Late Harvest Vignoles?We (Tom and Marcy Mitchell) are owners of a small vineyard located in the
heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Region in central NYS on the Keuka Lake Wine Trail. We are not a winery, though, you
are and you are the wine makers! TOM is in the vineyard growing grapes for your wine making needs. We have a full
line of supplies for the amateur wine maker and brewer. We ship supplies to USA, but are unable to ship our
grapes or juices.
Keep in mind this is farming and as most of you know things can go to hell in a hand-basket in the matter of a day