Grapevine pruning experiment keeps plants, people healthy

by on February 15, 2014 in From the Vineyards

Jordan Winery Machine Pruning Grapevines Visio

Pruning grapevines during their winter dormancy period remains the most expensive type of vineyard work we do each year. The practice is tedious and downright tiring with a lot of repetitive motion—it is both an art and a science, as described in our last pruning video. The Jordan viticulture team of four usually spends the [...]

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Inside look at the 2014 drought in Sonoma County wine country

by on February 13, 2014 in Featured, From the Vineyards

Lake Mendocino during 2014 drought, by George Rose

Brian Brett, a poet and farmer, once said, “Farming is a profession of hope.” For farmers who aren’t in control of their water sources, hope might be the only option in this recording-shattering drought year. Last month, while most of the United States braced against the bitterly cold temperatures of a rare polar vortex, that [...]

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Grafting experiment yields first vintage of Jordan Malbec grapes

by on August 30, 2012 in Featured, From the Vineyards

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The results from our vineyard grafting experiment are nearly complete, and I’m very pleased with the first estate Malbec grapes that will be harvested in early October. Using soil-mapping study findings, we grafted two under-performing Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard blocks and one Merlot block over to Malbec and Petit Verdot. The transformation of the vineyards over [...]

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Petit Verdot grape thinning experiment to elevate quality

by on July 25, 2012 in Featured, From the Vineyards

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We constantly experiment in the vineyards, always seeking ways to improve fruit quality and uniformity of the grape clusters–which ultimately leads to a higher quality wine. Trying to push the bar even higher with Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon is no easy task. We use precision farming techniques based on our soil mapping study and continue to [...]

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Viewers Choice Video #3: cool spring slows 2011 growing season, grapevine flowering delayed

by on July 14, 2011 in From the Vineyards

cabernet sauvignon grapevine flowering

Mother Nature always keeps us on our toes. For a second consecutive year, we’ve experienced a long, cool spring. This weather not only prolongs the growing season, but can also affect flowering in late May/early June–if rain, wind or cold weather prevails during the flowering period. Flowering, also known as bloom, is the most critical [...]

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Vine grafting: Cabernet, Merlot vineyards become Petit Verdot, Malbec

by on July 7, 2011 in From the Vineyards

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In May, we embarked on our first grapevine grafting project since completion of the Jordan Estate soil mapping study. Using results from the study, we identified certain vineyard blocks, which had soil composition more suitable to Petit Verdot and Malbec. Technology is a beautiful thing. Approximately 3.2 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon were earmarked for grafting to Malbec, and roughly 3.3 [...]

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Soil mapping video: precision farming with resistivity technology

by on October 15, 2010 in From the Vineyards

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We’ve nearly completed a comprehensive soil mapping study of every Jordan estate vineyard block. What does that mean? We’re rediscovering our dirt to continue elevating grape quality. When I started working at Jordan in 2008, I asked Winemaker Rob Davis how I could work in the vineyards to help him achieve his winemaking goals. He explained how [...]

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Aerial video: Farming vineyards from an airplane

by on September 1, 2010 in From the Vineyards

As part of our quest to continuously improve wine quality, we embarked on a soil mapping study of our estate vineyards in 2009. That summer, John Jordan began taking Assistant Winemaker Ronald Du Preez and myself up in his Beechcraft Bonanza airplane to access our vineyard blocks from a bird’s eye view. The aerial view [...]

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Leaf pulling video: preparing grapevines for ripening

by on August 10, 2010 in From the Vineyards

After the grapes bloom and tiny berries form into full grape clusters, it’s time for the important practice of leaf pulling, captured in the above video. Our vineyard team pulls leaves away from the area just above a grapevine’s cordon, or arms, where grape clusters grow. Removing targeted leaves allows for increased air movement and [...]

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Cover crops video: what we grow and why

by on May 20, 2010 in From the Vineyards

One of the key parts of sustainable farming is growing cover crops. Cover crops promote beneficial insect flight within the vineyards in early spring, allow us to incorporate high biomass organic material naturally back into the soils, regulate the growth of specific grapevines to enhance vine-to-vine uniformity, limit berry size to further concentrate flavors and [...]

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