Vintage Takes Form
With a successful flowering and pollination behind us, the grapes themselves have taken shape. We call that process “fruit set.” Now we’re looking at the future 2016 vintage! My crystal ball foretells good things. Right now, thought, the vineyard looks like a lot of green on green on green.
Even thought they’re all green, every grape variety has a different-looking cluster. Marquette has tight berries, and many of them have begun to swell sooner than the rest of the grapes. Louise Swenson and La Crescent are loose clusters, with plenty of space between the grapes (good for air flow). The Petit Pearl (above) has tiny clusters of small berries, just four-fingers long. And the Frontenac varieties are leggy with red stems. See pics below.
The black currants are always a few steps ahead of the grapes, and they’re already starting to turn color. We’ll harvest them in the second half of July– the first winemaking of the year.