June 15, 2010 § Leave a comment
Bloom is an incredibly important time for grapegrowers. Grapevines, which are self-pollinating, generally flower in late spring or early summer. If the weather is in any way violent during this time (heavy thunderstorms, high winds, hail) it can disrupt the flowering and cause the vines to produce less grapes, or sometimes no grapes at all. In 2009, for instance, we had heavy rains in late spring, and as a result many vineyards didn’t produce the yields they were hoping for.
This year, thankfully, Sunset Hills has had a very succesful bloom. Our crop levels look great, the vines are healthy, and we’re looking forward to the coming months, as the grapevines gradually ripen our fruit during the hot, sunny Virginia summer.