Vineyard, Xan & Bob

Winter brings order to the vineyard

The vineyard is so quiet and different during the winter as you would expect. It is beautiful even without leaves and grapes on the vines.

It looks…well…it looks clean. I think in some ways (strange as it may seem) Bob prefers it this way. It looks organized and orderly and well…clean. We joke about this as it reminds us of the movie “Lawrence of Arabia” with Peter O’Toole when he asked what he likes about the desert. His reply, “It’s clean.” Although Bob loves wine too much to really want the vines to stay like this. 😉

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The photo below looks like I stretched it but that isn’t the case.

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When we look at some of the vines we can’t believe that they will sprout again in a couple of months.

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We came across this old vine with the pole so close to it. We’re going to chronicle this one’s journey this year.

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See what I mean?

The greenery (read: weeds) have really sprouted in the past couple of weeks. It looked very bare before then. It’s funny (and frustrating in our yard) that weeds need very little to grow…well like weeds! We have not had measurable rainfall since October 20th but there is enough dew during the night and abundant sunshine to make them grow. Thankfully we are expecting rain this weekend. The weeds don’t need it but the vines and everything else does.

There is still some winter pruning to be completed and the guys are working hard at it. It must be so daunting.

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We walked a different route yesterday and came across this. I love the stairs. We debated whether they were stairs to nowhere or somewhere. Depending on whether you ascended or descended them.

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I love that we keep discovering things on the property. Wouldn’t you love to know the story of the person/people that built the stairs? How long have they been there?

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We’re excited about being here for the complete cycle of life of the vines.

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