2010 FARMING PRACTICES An extremely difficult growing season. Late and abundant rainfall was followed by a cool summer growing season, inducing extremely vigorous canopy growth that required repeated thinning passes by hand crews to control excessive vine growth and ensure necessary air flow to the fruit.
The season ended with unseasonably high temperatures at the end of August, resulting in some dehydration, though meticulous canopy management throughout the season afforded suitable shading to protect fruit from sunburn. Our vines responded well to all of our efforts and good balance was ultimately achieved.
Vine Hill Ranch was awarded Fish Friendly Farming Environment Certification in recognition of the sustainable viticultural and stewardship practices employed in the vineyard.