Gadino Cellars Vineyard
If you are thinking that we are letting the vineyard “sleep” over late fall and winter you are mistaken. Since our wonderful harvest, Bill and crew have been extremely busy with taking down bird netting, removing grow tubes on baby vines, repairing broken trellis wires, and applying a few thousand pounds of lime under vine rows to balance our soil pH. Bill also takes the pomace and other expended residues from the crush pad to start a new compost pile at the back of the Chardonnay vineyard block – to this he adds straw, lime and cut grasses to get a nice “hot” pile that will breakdown all the seeds and stems. This new pile is turned every two weeks. Plumes of smoke rising as the pile was turned this week confirmed we have actively “working” compost. In two years this new compost will be used to hill up the graft unions of Nebbiolo and baby vines for winter protection. Stay tuned for the next club newsletter, as we ready to start winter pruning operations.