As we head into summer there are lots of things to start working on. Our grapes are starting to go through verasion. That is when red grapes start turning from green to red. That is also when the sugar starts forming in the grapes. That is when birds and other animals start eating our grapes. So vineyard protection is about to begin.
In Comanche, we will start putting bird netting over the vines. We use hay bail netting and put it on each side of the vine row and tie it up in as many places as possible on the top and bottom so there are as few holes to get in as possible.
In Newburg, we use bird calls to keep the birds away. Birds are a bigger problem in Comanche and raccoons are a bigger problem in Newburg. Our mechanical harvester is about to get it’s year maintenance check up this week. It is about time to check our crop estimates again.
2012 looks to be a very fruitful year. More grapes that we can handle. We have already made arrangements to sell a good bit of them. Which is a good this for Brennan Vineyards. It helps pay for bottles, labels, corks, ect.