Tongue River Vineyard & Winery

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Season's End

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 9:35 AM

What a great year!  We picked just over 7000 pounds of grapes, bought another 3000, picked lots of other fruit and are set to craft 2 1/2 times as much wine this year as last.

The bird netting is now safely pulled off the vineyard after three days of steady work.  The robins, blackbirds, sparrows and wrens have entirely removed the grapes our pickers missed, and with frost arriving on October 15th the season was over.

Except for our raspberries in the high tunnel, which keep cranking out a half-gallon of berries every day and will probably do so for another month. 

Now the vineyard looks lonely and dead as the leaves increasingly fall off.  Next week we will prune and bury the 700 feet of tender vines and then all is prepared for winter.

Next year?  9000 pounds expected.  We'll know in April when pruning happens what we might expect.  Happy winter, all!

Categories: IN THE VINEYARD