Order now before the rush!
August 7th, 2007 | Uncategorized
We are probably just over a month away from the start of the 2007 harvest, and whilst we are still ‘open for business’ during this period, we strongly encourage all our customers to order well in advance to avoid possible delay.
Whilst the grapes are still ripening on the vines it is impossible to know the exact date that we will start picking, but my best guestimate would be around the second or third week of September – not quite as early as last year, and perhaps a bit closer to ‘norm’.
The summer so far has not been very kind to our region, as we have experienced a lot of rain and humidity – not the best weather for growing fruit. To be very honest we have been obliged to use some anti-mildew and oidium treatments, but our careful management of the vine canopy has at least helped to minimise the amount of intervention. Other growers have perhaps been a little less fortunate, as the ‘vine vigour’ (created by the additional rainfall) has only served to trap moisture and exaggerate the problem.
We are currently experiencing a hot, dry period, so we have our fingers crossed that this will now continue for the rest of the summer!