Mesa Park Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon vines on East Orchard Mesa in Palisade, Co.

Our Cabernet Sauvignon vines on East Orchard Mesa.

One-hundred-degree days and cool nights make July one of the most intense months of the year.  We are still in the process of training our vineyard from the freeze in December 2009, which means the roots survived and threw up new growth, but that new growth needs to be trained to grow properly.

That training took the better part of the winter but there is still a lot of growth that needs to be cut back and some that needs to be tied down and saved. That being said, we never know what will survive the winter until bud break and then we worry about a late frost.  There were seven late spring cold snaps, or “events” as the farmers call them, but luckily our buds survived (for the most part) and we have a crop.  This season, the vineyard has been left with a mixed bag of some of the old wood that survived the (2009) freeze and the new vines that have taken the place of those that did not.  In most cases, we brought up multiple chutes (from the ground) in order to hedge ourselves.

It was a good thing we did.

Now the berries are taking shape and we laid water last week and it rained.  We don’t plan to irrigate again until late August.  Although we will still use the run-off from the Colorado River to water our vegetable, rose and lavender gardens.