The berries are now almost fully formed! Not long now until we will start seeing the deepening flush of colour indicating veraison. ~ at Culmina Family Estate Winery
Warm weather has allowed for good fruit set and consistent berry development in Culmina's vineyard, hopefully translating (with Mother Nature's help!) to even ripening later this year. ~ at Culmina Family Estate Winery
ll of the nice warm weather over the past couple of weeks has allowed for lots of green growth, so much so that the season's young shoots can now all be tucked under the top trellising wire. ~ at Culmina Family Estate Winery
With this June being warmer than the last previous two, we are experiencing our earliest bloom to date! Good thing that more warm weather is on its way this weekend to ensure good fruit set. ~ at Culmina Family Estate Winery
What do we do with all of the rocks that work their way up through the soil? Some of them we crush down to gravel, adding it to roadways around the property for added traction. ~ at Culmina Family Estate Winery
Lightening and darkening of the soil on the road's shoulder up to Stan's Bench remind us of just how drastically (and frequently) the soil compositions change on the Culmina property. ~ at Culmina Family Estate Winery
Our guests in the lavender patch are very welcome! Glad to see so many busy bees on the property again today. ~ Culmina Family Estate Winery
Looking down on Arise Bench and Culmina's new winery from Margaret's Bench. ~ at Culmina Family Estate Winery
Hedging the season's new growth quickly ground to a halt yesterday morning due to a fierce tempest! The wild rainstorm even left parts of the valley without power. ~ at Culmina Family Estate Winery
A windy afternoon atop Margaret's Bench at Culmina Family Estate Winery.
Bud break and beyond in the young blocks on Arise Bench: warm weather moving our vineyard's growth along nicely, complete with a healthy cover crop to feed those insatiable cutworms so that they don't chew on our young buds instead! ~ at Culmina Family Estate Winery
Our 3rd-leaf Riesling on Margaret's Bench - looking forward to crushing our first vintage in Fall of 2013! ~ at Culmina Family Estate Winery.
Healthy shoot growth now happening in the young blocks on Arise Bench at Culmina Family Estate Winery!
It's never too early to start planning for the Crush! Pascal chalks out some layout options to be discussed during our consultant's visit (Alain Sutre) later this week. ~ at Culmina Family Estate Winery
Despite over 3,500 tonnes of rock having been already removed from the various benches on the property - enough to fill one and a half Olympic sized swimming pools - the ancient glacially-formed riverbed that we sit upon still manages to work enormous-sized rocks up through the soil. ~ at Culmina Family Estate Winery
Late afternoon on Arise Bench where the slope rising to the west is just about to fall into mountain shadow, allowing the Merlot to be preserved from the hot afternoon sun. ~ at Culmina Family Estate Winery