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

Dear friends of Keeler Estate Vineyard, well here we are again having to close our doors to keep all from getting the Corona Virus.

The good thing is that we already have experience with this type of situation and can handle it like a pro. This means that no one is going to be without our wines if we can help it.

Although we are officially closing our tasting room from 11/18 to 12/2 we will be here close to the phone and our computers to take care of any needs you might have. There is plenty of wine in inventory for you to customize your holiday wine orders.

 If you need to have your orders shipped during this time, we will take care of that for you.

Otherwise, you can come and experience our curbside pickup with a smile, and there is also online ordering available.

Be well friends and our team is looking forward to hearing from you.