Spring at Keeler Estate

Pruning Vineyard

Welcome to Spring!

Life is abuzz this time of year at Keeler Estate Vineyard. We are busy doing our “spring cleaning” in our Certified Biodynamic vineyard.

Now that pruning has finished, the work of cleaning up and disposing of the cuttings begins. Removal of the old cut-off canes is a symbol of the ending of winter and the approach of spring in the vineyards.

Disposing of Prunings

One of the main questions after pruning the canes is what do we do with them now?

Flail Mower: Canes can be chopped on the vineyard floor by a flail mower into tiny pieces and placed in contact with the soil, where they present few problems and can easily decompose back into the soil.

Rotary mowers: Do not chop prunings fine enough to reduce the reinfection or re-infestation potential from diseased or insect-infested wood. If we remove prunings from the rows, it’s best not to stockpile them near the vineyard. Removal is to prevent any pest or disease problems they might attract from spreading back into the live plants.                  

Burning: is one of the best ways to deal with this issue since it will eliminate harmful insects and diseases.

This year we have chosen to burn our canes. It has been a good practice for us to do every few years to help keep harmful insects and disease out of the vineyard. Then other years we will chop our canes back into the rows as this is an excellent biodynamic practice for our vineyard to increase healthy soil.

As we move along, we will be preparing some of our biodynamic sprays to apply to our vineyard right before bud break. Bud Break is always an exciting time for us, as once we have bud break we are on the count down to the days of Harvest.

Cheers! Till next time,

Beatrice Keeler Ruden

Tasting Room Temporarily Closed

To our valued customers and club members,

As of March 17, 2020, our tasting room will be closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus crisis.

However, Keeler Estate is offering next day curbside service for wine purchases.Free delivery of our wines within 25 miles. Website orders will be available for pickup 24 hours after the order has been placed.

Drive-up hours for pick up:
Tuesday – Sunday   Noon – 4:00 pm.

Please give us a call at 503-687-2618 if you are coming to purchase or pick up wine. Give us your name and order, and we will take your order out to your car.

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Our team is available by phone 503-687-2618 or email at beatrice@keelerestatevineyard.com to assist you with orders, shipments, or deliveries.

Our level of gratitude for your support cannot be overstated. We will navigate this together. Thanks to you, our loyal fans, we remain resilient and committed to providing excellent wine experiences one glass at a time.