01 Apr 2009 Budbreak is here!
 |  Category: Wine Production

Budbreak is starting to happen all over California which means the a lot of activity in the vineyard and harvest will be here before you know it! 

Budbreak is part of a grapevine’s cycle where the buds that will produce new shoots/canes for this year have started to swell and open as the new shoots rapidly grow.   The new shoots are very susceptible to frost damage and pests.  The new shoots will typicalled be sprayed with preventative pesticides (natural or a more industrial form).  As the shoot grow larger, the shoot will be tied to the supporting  wires of whatever trellising system is used for the grape vine.

Typically, eight weeks after budbreak, the vine flowers for 7 to 10 days followed by fruit set.  Cold or wet weather during this period will drastically hurt the yield of the vine.    Harvest starts in late August for early ripening varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc and can end as late as mid-November depending on the region in California.

Last year, there was some hard freezes in various areas of California which reduced the overall crop production for the state.  Hopefully, this year will be a cooperative year weatherwise from budbreak through fruit set….it would be nice all the way to harvest but let’s take one step at a time.

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