Lifecycle of the Vine

14 September 2021

The perennial plant that isVitis viniferagoes through a distinct cycle each year, with each season playing an important role in the vineyard.

Spring – Revived

From September, it’s looking like spring in the vineyard. Warmer days get the sap moving through the vines, sending energy to the buds as they swell and get ready to burst later in the month. We keep watch on the weather, keeping an eye out for frosty nights. Buds turn to shoots and hundreds of flowers form, hinting at the bunches of fruit to come.

Summer – Ripen

Flowers turn to clusters before becoming bunches of berries. This whole process is called fruit set. Canopy maintenance, like shoot thinning, helps concentrate the vines’ energy on producing grapes. Towards the end of the season in late summer, the green berries start to go throughveraison, turning yellow, pink, red and dark purple as they ripen.

Autumn – Ready & Relief

Ready for harvest, it’s all systems go during vintage to get everything processed at optimal ripeness. Spending the better part of a year putting all their energy into producing fruit, once picked, the vines finally have time to settle. While wildly photogenic, turning red and yellow, the importance behind the bark of this change in season can be overlooked, as the vine works under the surface, storing carbohydrates and nutrients from the soil to get through the cool winter temperatures ahead.

Winter – Reset

In the vineyard, winter may look gloomy (dead even), but it’s really a time to refresh and reset. The vines may be dormant, but the vineyard crew is busy at work, cutting back canes from the previous year of growth. Pruning is one of the most important (and expensive) activities in our vineyard. Getting it right is critical, as it sets the stage for the next season’s growth.