It’s a precarious business, growing grapes in a cool climate, not made any more predictable by weather patterns in recent years. Warm spells bring out the buds, and they’re vulnerable to weeks of frost risk. Our Chardonnay was emerging in early April and was damaged by a seriously cold night. Thankfully the rest of the vineyard scraped through, though there have been several nights at zero degrees! The vines have lots of stored energy from last year, which is turning into strong early shoot growth and an impressive showing of infloresences. They are certainly geared up for a good crop! Let’s hope the conditions help them.