Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Do you know why it’s important to have green in the vineyard? The leaves (canopy) of the grape vines produce carbohydrates (sugars) from sunlight, water and CO2 gas to grow plant tissue and ripen the grape clusters. The growing vine also provides nutrients for the microbes that live in the soil, […]
Soon the vines will start to wake up. They will begin to weep as the sap rises from the roots where it was stored over winter. This years buds will start to get fuzzy as they get ready to swell into larger buds and eventually break open and show off their bright green leaves!
We do this periodically to prevent the wine from spoiling. A barrel is not an airtight container such as a stainless-steel drum. A barrel will allow evaporation of wine through the wood itself and the tiny spaces between boards of the staves and the heads. This evaporative process drives the phenomenon called microoxygenation (or microx) […]