2014 VINEYARD UPDATE:
The South Okanagan experienced a relatively mild winter this year, with only a few small uneventful cold snaps. We expect the vines will wake up healthy from their winter rest. Over the last three years, mild winters have ensured healthy harvests and we anticipate that 2014 will be no exception. One of the benefits of a mild winter is that pruning goes much more smoothly.
We are on track to finish pruning well ahead of schedule and have targeted a few small blocks for improvement and replanting this year. At Burrowing Owl we constantly strive to ensure that each vine is producing the best fruit possible. There were two small blocks that we noticed were at the initial stages of decline so a plant order was initiated last year, and this spring two, 5 acre blocks have been replanted with new plants.
You can identify the new blocks by the Milk Cartons located over each new plant. It looks like a sea of white from a distance. We use milk cartons to protect the small young plants from damage from sun and sprays. The cartons are usually removed in the 3rd year of the plants life. The milk cartons are the perfect material because the wax & paper are easily mulched and eventually returns to the soil to biodegrade when the plant no longer needs this protection. We don’t allow vines to produce fruit until their third year, making vineyard planning a very long term exercise. Expect wines from plants going in the ground this year to hit the shelves in 2019.
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