A Winemaker's Spring

April 10, 2013 at 12:11 AM

The winter months are becoming but a cold memory as the spring sunshine is warming the vines in the Okanagan Valley. During the winter, the vineyards experience a time of dormancy and rejuvenation when the vines lose their leaves leaving behind only bare cane shoots. This is the ideal time for pruning-a laborious task of creating a balanced crop-by cutting away the canes from the previous season. Because every vine is different, the pruning process must be done by hand and is carefully calculated typically based on years of experience working within the vineyard.

Depending on the temperature and the amount of sunlight the vines receive during the first few weeks of spring will determine the maturation of the vines and harvest time in late summer, early fall.  

While the vines “sleep” during the winter months, a winery owner’s job is still ongoing as they prepare for the spring season. Just as skilled farmers analyze their crops, the soil grade and the weather patterns, vineyards do the same partnering science with art in the crafting of their award-winning wines.

Yields are calculated carefully to ensure the highest quality of wine will be produced, and based on testing and inspection of the vines, the most skilled winemakers can determine what their prized blend or grape will be for the upcoming season. Each vineyard is different as every winemaker has different goals as to the wines they wish to produce and the delicate balance they wish to achieve with crop yield and quality. 

It’s an exciting time of growth and discovery as the spring sun begins to coax the new buds in the Okanagan Valley vineyards. Winemakers, and wine enthusiasts alike toast the new season, anticipating a great crop and a great vintage year.


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