After harvest, the vines will begin the long process of winter shut down leading to the seasonal period of dormancy. We deep water shortly after harvest to provided needed moisture as the vines build up nutrient reserves for the dormant period. Leaves transform from green to gold and rust to light brown. They will ultimately all fall off, but for the moment, they provide a unique fall color bouquet.
INSPECTION AND REPAIR
The mechanical harvester vibrates the vines to cause the grapes to separate from the stems. The process is somewhat violent. Although the trellis support system provides strength to resist the shaking, there is inevitably some amount of vine damage to be inspected and repaired if necessary. The harvester can break trellis support wires which must be re-attached. Broken vine cordons must be marked and listed for special treatment during pruning. Missing vines are inventoried for new vine replacement planting. Drip water lines are inspected for possible breaks. The overhead sprinkler frost protection system is flushed and checked for leaks. The overhead sprinkler heads – approx. 800 in our vineyard – which have been removed for the harvest, are replaced and the system is run once more to verify all heads are in place.