Bud break comes early! Our early bud break in our Chardonnay block has been around April 4th and this year it was over 25% open on March 28th. I believe our average bud break to be about April 10th . that would make us about 7 days ahead of what I would consider an early bud break and 12 days ahead of average. When the buds are open they are much more susceptible to cold. In the 21 years I have grown grapes we have never been damaged by a spring frost event. We have an excellent drainage and always ask our lord for protection. With milder than normal weather, we have continued to get our work done ahead of schedule. Pruning was completed by March 10th and taping and tying of cordons will be completed by April 7th. This is also more than a week early.
Watch to see how the vineyard develops this season, everything is looking to be early!