The Start of a New Year Life post-harvest is a time of rejuvenation. This season, the vines experienced a mild end of fall and beginning of winter, so they were able to store up ample amounts of nutrients, which they’ll need at the start of the next growing season. Vineyard workers also repaired trellis systems, made soil amendments and pruned in preparation for a new season. There was some concern that unseasonably high temperatures in November and December would lead to premature bud break, but thankfully that did not occur in grapevines the same way it did with some flowering trees, like cherries. While temperatures became somewhat more seasonal in January, at the time of writing, there hadn’t been any extreme lows. So cold damage is unlikely to have occurred this year. Having a cool dormant season is important to the vines though, so the seasonably cold temperatures did keep some diseases at bay. Probably the most dramatic weather event for the area was the 20+ inches of snow received in mid-January. We are often asked how snow affects the vines, and for the most part, snow is a good thing. While not an issue this year, it can help insulate the vines from below freezing temperatures and protect against damage. The snowfalls, coupled with the rain, also helped replenish ground water supplies for use during the spring season, and a whirlwind 2015 harvest also left a few extra weeks for winegrowers to relax and squeeze in any vacations before bud break happens in early spring. So far, fingers crossed, the 2016 growing season is off to a fine start. Reported by The Monticello Wine Trail
New to the Scene BLUE MOUNTAIN BREWERY
is adding on a small outdoor performance stage.
BOLD ROCK HARD CIDER̕S
tasting room is now open at Carter Mountain Orchard.
COPPER FOX DISTILLERY will be
“Skull Crushing Ape” a schwartz, weisen, dopple bock.
GLASS HOUSE WINERY is building a movie screening building out of glass bottles.
JAMES RIVER BREWERY has hired
opening a new location with new spirits in Williamsburg.
consultants John Bryce, Starr Hill Brewery, and Jacque Landry, South Street Brewery, to train their team.
CUNNINGHAM CREEK WINERY (at
KING FAMILY VINEYARDS is doing
Middle Fork Farm, Scottsville) is opening a tasting room this summer.
DEVIL'S BACKBONE BREWING COMPANY has debuted their 2016
Trail Blazer series with “Risen” an American Brown Ale style beer and
a small batch signature-series line of wines, including an orange-style wine that is rare in Virginia.
LOVING CUP VINEYARD & WINERY will reopen in April after rebuilding from severe wind damage.
MICHAEL SHAPS WINEWORKS has
opened a tasting room at 5th Street Extended with daily hours, and in January, they introduced refillable growlers.
PIPPIN HILL FARM & VINEYARDS̕ new Reserve Room is open for booking private events.
ROSLYN FARM VINEYARD vines have just been newly planted.
STARR HILL BREWERY is opening a
branch in Norfolk.
VITAE SPIRITS̕ new “Platinum”
rum will hit Charlottesville stores soon.
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