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Photo Gallery of the Month: Bud Break in the Vineyards 2017

2017 Bud Break in the Vineyards

After a cold, soaking-wet winter that will go down in the record books, the vineyard soils began to dry and warm last month, signaling to the grapevines that it was time to wake from their winter slumber. Bud break in the vineyards began in mid-March to start the 2017 growing season–a welcome return to normalcy after a string of early bud breaks.

Chardonnay grapevines in the cooler Russian River Valley pushed buds first around March 13, almost simultaneously with our estate Malbec and Petit Verdot in Alexander Valley. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards awoke from dormancy before the end of the month, around March 27.

What is significant this spring is the increased growth of cover crop between the vines. That crop is growing exceptionally well due in part to the swell of water. Because the grapevines have plenty of underground water supply, their baby shoots are growing quickly too. But if the weather cools, the growth of the shoots will slow as well.

Join Winemaker Rob Davis for a Facebook Live video chat on May 10, as he discusses the progress of the 2017 vintage, from winter pruning and vineyard flooding to bud break and flowering.

Simon van Donk

We are implementing a computer model for grape growth stages and are looking for pictures to illustrate these stages. I came across your web page with some really great photographs.

May we use these pictures? They may be copyrighted – we want to follow proper procedures and give you full credit.

Please let me know.


Simon van Donk, PhD
Senior Agronomist
4324 University Ave
Grand Forks, ND 58203

Lisa Mattson

Please use Jordan Vineyard & Winery in the photo credit.

Thank you!


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Lisa Mattson

Videographer, photographer, writer and publicist. Find me on weekends trying to capture footage of the elusive Jordan Estate jack rabbits and turkeys.

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