Groundhog Day Report
February 02 2016
This day, with its associated
thoughts of Spring, is as good a time as any to start the distribution
of information leading to Harvest 2016,
which starts in September. I will be in Australia and
South Africa until late April, 2016, but I will be posting
info from these areas, and on the activity at
PrestonWine, to our site from time to time during the
next three months.
in Niagara indicates that his vines have done well to this point and,
barring any extreme cold, should result in a full crop. If this
is the case, we will be offering an expanded roster of his grapes this
year both red and white. Ed has pulled out his
Cabernet Sauvignon but added
Chardonnay which will increase
availability in a few years.
After four years of drought,
California is receiving more
rain and snow this year courtesy of El Nino. As long as this continues,
things should improve but more moisture is needed in the next two months
to make a significant impact on reservoirs and general water
Grape vines continue to be pulled
out in California's Central Valley.
It is estimated that almost 30,000 acres could be pulled between the end
of Harvest 2015 and the beginning of Harvest 2016. Although we do get
some of our grapes from these areas, these pullouts shouldn’t affect
supply because wine inventories are still high and oversupply remains an
The Lodi/Delta area
continues to increase its wine grape acreage.
In the premium coastal areas of
California, Pinot Noir is the
choice of new plantings followed by Cabernet
Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.
Pinot Grigio was the main
white planted in 2015 with Chardonnay
showing a decline.
This is an Eastern Grey Kangaroo
(definitely NOT a groundhog!) visiting the front
lawn of the home I am staying at in the
Goulburn Valley Wine District in Central Victoria,
Australia. “Greys” can grow to six feet or taller and are found by the
thousands in this region.
Kangaroos don’t usually eat grapes
but they are good at trimming the grass between the rows of vines.
Kangaroos will eat leaves and grapes during periods of drought when no
other moisture source is available.
No Groundhog activity to report from
In vino veritas,