Next week we will offer three new ways for you to enjoy Clark-Claudon. I can’t wait to share the news with you. For now, I am watching a continuous down pour outside my window.
I have been asked, What does this do to the vineyard? We were below the needed rain level about a month ago. Now, we are well over. The rain has been battering us for days. The soil is completely saturated and the reservoirs are spilling.
This can be a set up for terrace slippage and major erosion. In addition, with bud break coming, heavy rain can knock off the tender buds. Plus, muddy vineyards and tractors do not get along very well. Consequently, the cultivation that is usually happening at this time is at a standstill.
Thankfully, the erosion control system at our vineyard is serving it well. To date, we have not lost any terraces and the cover crop & drainage system are preserving the top soil. We are all hoping the rain will stop by next week. If it does, all will be well. As I have said before, growing grapes and making wine is not for the faint of heart!