Hello again! Welcome back to my blog! If you know anything about me and my family, you probably know that we tended a four-acre vineyard this year. On our own. The six and a half of us. So, I just wanted to give a bit of an overview to all those who were wondering about how it went and what it was all about.
We lease the land that the vineyard is on from a farmer who is unable to tend to it himself. Work starts in late January to early February which is when we start our winter pruning. Winter pruning is when we clip back all of the vines while there is no active growth so that the plant doesn’t get stressed.
After winter pruning is done and the vines begin to turn green the plants will all need pruning again, but not very far back up the vine. We also have to pull off suckers which are little vines that grow on the trunks/bases of the plant every one to two weeks.
During the course of the summer (before harvest) roundup will be sprayed on the weeds to stop them from hurting the plants. This will be done at least twice.
As harvest rolls around we prepare our hearts and minds for long days out in the hot sun. This year there were many, many, many tears and complaints, but after pushing through and harvesting over eight thousand pounds of grapes as a family, I feel pretty accomplished.
Although I don’t look forward to doing this again next year just because the labor is so intense and summertime is known for being hot, I don’t regret signing up. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned about different types of grapes and how they grow, which ones are easier to harvest, which ones are easier to prune, and I can identify any grape that we have in our vineyard just from tasting it. I’ve also learned a lot about myself. Like… I don’t really like having weird tan lines and I learned that I actually CAN run out of things to think about.
Above all, I’m happy with what I’ve learned because even though I may not work in vineyards for the rest of my life, I know how to work, and the lessons I’ve learned will surely serve me well throughout my life.
Thank you for reading, and never forget…
In a world full of the same, never forget to Live Different.
Maddie Grace ❤