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Setbacks and Opportunities

We planted our vines over 3 ½ days in mid-May 2015.  We discovered in late June 2015, about 6 weeks after planting, that almost 1200 of our Viognier vines (two rootstocks and two clones) did not “break bud” (that is, leaf out).  We had the same problem with our other varieties but on a very small scale, which is expected. On closer examination with our vineyard consultant, Sebastien Marquet, we discovered the grafted scion on the Viognier vines, in most cases, was dead.  (Most all vinifera wine grape vines are grafted.   The top, fruit-bearing portion of the vine, e.g., Chardonnay, is grafted onto a rootstock, typically an American native rootstock, in order to avoid the American root louse disease, phylloxera, which...

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Lots of Spending and Building

It’s been quite a while since we posted on our vineyard progress.  We’ve been busy and  here goes: We’ve finished clearing our land and the mountain views are so nice. Our fields are ready for planting and are “resting” for the winter.  We’ve ripped the soil to about 36″ to remove remaining tree roots, rock, and other debris, added a host of soil amendments after property wide soil tests, and planted and mulched permanent grass seed to control erosion.  We also erected some serious erosion controls, including silt fence, earth berms, rock check dams, and multiple silt ponds.  These ponds are strategically located at natural drainage points on the property and they help prevent water and topsoil from leaving our property....

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Clearing Almost Done. Logos Complete

Land clearing is almost done.  We’ve got some stumps to remove and debris to burn (which is ok under VA and EPA rules for agricultural clearing).  See pic below. Logo development is done.  We’ve actually finalized 2 logos which we may use for everyday and premium vintages.  Everyday logo is posted below. Exciting times.  Stay tuned.

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Timber Harvest

Finally, commencement of the timber harvest.  Now we’ll get to see:  final completion of land clearing; the views of the mountainside and valley below; layout of vineyard blocks; completion of soil tests for grape varietals and waste water systems; and completion of final vineyard building and road designs.  Quite a gating event.  So happy we’re on our way.

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Clearing... finally, progress on the ground

Today (Friday, January 17, 2014), I visited our vineyard property near Hillsboro, Loudoun County, VA, and witnessed actual progress on the ground.  Land clearing work has begun.  This project is no longer land searches, legal documents, research, regulation, permits, hope, dreams, and ideas.  We’ve begun actual “real” work.   Dave, our excavator and land clearing contractor, has begun clearing pulpwood trees (too small for timber harvesting) from the property.  After completion of this clearing work, based on efforts by our forester (Dan), the timber companies will arrive and harvest more mature trees for lumber (including, walnut, cherry, 4 types of oak, poplar, ash, and other species).  We’ll retain some of the harvestable timber for use on site in vineyard or winery...

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