Enjoy the first story by Dennis King Bonilla, Assistant Vineyard Manager at Stillwater Creek in Royal City, WA.

The first story is a recap of the vineyard thus far. Our crews have been working hard since early February. They began with pruning, which is the selection of spurs that will bear this year’s fruit. Once pruning was done, we waited for the vines to wake up; this happened once the soil began to warm up. In farming, we prepare and plan for the changes in weather, especially in Washington where we can get all four seasons in one day.  I get excited when bud break arrives, and our shoots begin to grow. It’s such a beautiful time to be in the vineyard because of how green it looks, and it also signifies the the beginning of Spring.

Pictured here are a few of our crew members shoot thinning, or cordon suckering. Cordon suckering is the removal of unwanted shoots on our spurs/cordons. We want the fruit to have enough sunlight and airflow within the canopy to enhance berry color and flavors. This, along with other canopy management practices, also help us with lowering disease pressures.

Our crews play a major role to get us where we are now. Their hands touch every single vine, shoot, leaf, and grape clusters. They maintain the high quality that results in the finished wine. I guess what I’m trying to say is, I appreciate and respect all the work that it takes to get the job done. There is much more that we will do throughout the year, so follow our journey in the next few months to see how our vineyard progresses.

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