Notes From The Winemaker The vineyard is full of young grapes! After pollination we had a very healthy fruit set. The first phase of fruit set begins at bloom and persists for two months, during which time the berries are formed. The berry expands in volume and accumulates important organic acids that are fundamental to [...]
Notes From The Winemaker The vineyard is in bloom! The developing grape clusters are flowering and beginning their transformation into this years grape crop. The small and modest flowers are concealed beneath an ample canopy, but if by chance you find yourself amongst the vines during bloom, you can experience the sweet aromas that encompass [...]
Notes From The Winemaker The vineyard will keep us busy all the way up through harvest. Following bud break in early spring rapid shoot growth persists. When the shoots reach around 5-6 inches we continue our pruning, carrying out a practice called shoot thinning. This very important stage of pruning shapes the shoot density and [...]
Notes From The Winemaker It looks like May will bring with it some warmth and we can finally expect to see the beauty of bud break! We have the rainwater, but our vines are awaiting the warmth so that they can awaken. When they do, the stored nutrients and water will begin flowing from the [...]
Spring is here...I think! The snow has lingered into April, but it looks like the temperatures are slowly on the rise! This time last year was an exciting time here at Chamard Vineyards. We were busy planting 4 acres of Cayuga White grapevines, which I like to refer to in the Northeast as an “eco [...]
There is veracity this March in the saying, “In like a lion and out like a lamb.” We can only hope the remainder will hold true. The grapevines have undergone some very low temperatures this winter, though we remain optimistic that they will endure. The vines have been dormant for some time, and pruning is [...]
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Winemaker Notes The winter season is well underway! We are busy in the cellar bottling our 2015 and 2017 vintages and nurturing our wines aging in barrels. Every season in the vineyard has its charm, even during these grey winter months! This is a very important time for our perennial beauties, when the vines will [...]
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