Vineyard Management

Perhaps you have a vineyard that isn’t producing good grapes? We help many owners recover from the neglect and amateurism common in this industry which quickly destroy both the aesthetics and yield. Many vineyards sadly appear rather shambolic compared to the well-trained and pleasing uniformity that you can see throughout professionally-run estates.

Regularly managed vines are the only way to produce decent wine-bearing grapes. We’ll be happy to explain and provide examples of the differences between casual landscaping and trained committed viticultural service.

By managing 80 vineyards in the area, we’re able to specialize on tasks and refine processes to the point that significant economies of scale can be shared by all clients.

Post & Trellis vineyard management programs include:

Prune and haul cuttings

Carefully select positions and year’s structure by pruning each vine according to plant health and the season’s objectives

Cover crop installation

Soil analysis and adjustment to control erosion, attract beneficial insects and fix nitrogen.

Fertilization

Monitor pH, N, P, K, organics, and adjust as needed

Spray

Sulfur and other sustainable organic mildewcides, up to 12 times a year

 

Mowing, weeding, clean-up

Timed to induce budbreak, manage soil temperature and optimize aesthetics.

Vine Training

Training of each plant critical to maximize performance via ties/wires, shoot-thinning, laterals/suckers removal

Canopy Hedging

Late summer in order to induce fruit flavors

Leaf Removal

Late summer to focus afternoon heat on fruit clusters

Bird Netting

Late summer to protect the fruit

Irrigation management

As needed to induce growth or stress

Monitor fruit ripening

Refractometer for sugar, taste for acids, tannins, forecast harvest date

Harvest

As directed by client and winemaker

Winter repairs & Spring vine replacements

As directed by client and Vineyard Manager.