Winter (still!) in the vineyard

Yes, it is still winter here at Colter’s Creek. Typically, we are bathing in 50+ sunny days in March. Today it snowed. What does this mean for the vines? After a tough winter, it means the vines are longing for sun and heat. We have a little vine damage from the bitter cold this winter, but not much. However, the vines need average temperatures of 50 degrees to wake up and come out of dormancy, and that’s not happening. We see little to no water pushing in cut vines, which signals that the vines are still hibernating (considering the past 3 months, who could blame them?). Right now we are predicting a late bud break and a shorter growing season than normal.

Most of our grape sources from the Snake River Valley took it hard this winter and we expect little to no crop from our suppliers. Similar occurrences were experienced throughout the Northwest. Needless to say, it’s going to be a unique vintage. Crop yields are expected to be low. We are banking on a nice, toasty summer to bring fruit to full ripeness. If we can’t have the yields, at least we can have the quality? Stay tuned for more updates and photos as the vines start waking up!