POST BLOOM VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

POST BLOOM VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

MAY 11, 2020.  BY STAN GRANT, VITICULTURIST. The post bloom period begins as the fruit sets and it ends as the berries begin to change color (Figure 1).  During this time, vine growth and development lay the foundation for ripening and grape quality.  Concomitantly,...
INTEGRATED BUNCH ROT MANAGEMENT FOR WINEGRAPE VINEYARDS

INTEGRATED BUNCH ROT MANAGEMENT FOR WINEGRAPE VINEYARDS

MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2021.  BY STAN GRANT, VITICULTURIST. Fortunately for California vineyard managers, they have fewer foliar fungal diseases to contend with than vineyard managers in many other grape-growing regions of the world. Still, fungal disease control...
THE SEASONALITY OF VINEYARD MINERAL NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT

THE SEASONALITY OF VINEYARD MINERAL NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT

MONDAY, MAY 24, 2021.  BY STAN GRANT, VITICULTURIST. Growing seasons have a rhythm-based on grapevine growth and development. Those of us in the winegrape business are well aware of this cadence because our work lives are tied to it. Much less obvious is the...
THE PERENNIAL NATURE OF GRAPEVINES IN VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

THE PERENNIAL NATURE OF GRAPEVINES IN VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

MONDAY,  MARCH 1, 2021.  BY STAN GRANT, VITICULTURIST. Growers of annual crops have it comparatively easy. If things don’t work out well one season, in the next season they have an entirely new set of plants and a new opportunity to optimize production. In contrast,...
RIPENING PERIOD VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

RIPENING PERIOD VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

JULY 6, 2020.  BY STAN GRANT, VITICULTURIST. The ripening period is the home stretch of the growing season.  During this time, grape berries experience dramatic physical and chemical changes as they transition from hard, green, acidic, and unpalatable to soft,...
PREBLOOM VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

PREBLOOM VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

MARCH 2, 2020.  BY STAN GRANT, VITICULTURIST. Prebloom is one of the busiest times in the vineyard and for good reason.  Shoot and roots are rapidly growing to build the foundation for fruit production.  During the same time, unfavorable weather and excessively wet,...
POST HARVEST VINEYARD MANAGEMENT.

POST HARVEST VINEYARD MANAGEMENT.

OCTOBER 15, 2019.  BY STAN GRANT, VITICULTURIST. All season long, the focus of those of us involved in the winegrape business has been producing an economically viable crop that meets or exceeds winery expectations. Naturally, we feel greatly relieved after the winery...