The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
Busy, busy, busy are the words our vineyard manager, Joyce Rigby used to describe what it is like in the vineyard this month.
We just finished shoot positioning, which is placing the shoots into the catch wires and clipping the wires together to hold everything in place.
Then, we started to pull leaves from the front of and below the fruit to let sun and air get to the baby grapes. Sun and air are important to combat diseases such as powdery and downy mildews. This is only done on the east side of the trellis. The west side can get too hot and since our grapes don’t wear sunscreen, they will get burned!