We have almost completed the 2012 harvest. All of the Pinot Gris, Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blanc ... Read More >>
As our way of thanking all of our customers and friends for a great 2012, we are offering some great ... Read More >>
Dave and Mary are headed to France and we want you to come with us! We've partnered with Cruise Holidays ... Read More >>
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May 25, 2013 - May 27, 2013
We invite you to join us in celebrating the month of May at our annual Memorial Day Open House. Come ... Read More >>
Memorial Day Open House
We invite you to join us in celebrating the month of May at our annual Memorial Day Open House. Come visit our newly remodeled Tasting Room, housed in our 1910-era vintage barn. We will be open Saturday through Monday, 11:00am - 5:00pm. For your tasting pleasure, we will be pouring the following wines: ◊ 2012 MLH Sauvignon Blanc (recent release) ◊ 2012 Croft Vineyards ...
ArborBrook Vineyards 17770 17770 NE Calkins Lane,Newberg,OR 97210
Jun 01, 2013 -
Join us in Celebrating the Beginning of Summer! Dave and Mary Hansen, owners of ArborBrook Vineyards ... Read More >>
Sold Out - ArborBrook Vineyards Winemakers Dinner at Cuvee
Join us in Celebrating the Beginning of Summer! Dave and Mary Hansen, owners of ArborBrook Vineyards and Chef Gilbert Henry, owner of Cuvée Restaurant in Carlton join together for an evening of great food, wine, and fun! Saturday, June 1, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm Chef Henry has created a menu specifically tailored to pair with ArborBrook wines. Amuse Bouche ~ 2012 Croft Vineyards Pinot ...
Cuvee Restaurant 97111 214 Main Street,Carlton,OR 97111
Jul 20, 2013 -
Celebrating Summer! What could be better than an evening among the vines, celebrating summer with ArborBrook ... Read More >>
ArborBrook's Picnic in the Vineyard
Celebrating Summer! What could be better than an evening among the vines, celebrating summer with ArborBrook Vineyards, barbeque, wine, music and friends? We invite you to our first of two Picnics in the Vineyard of 2013! Hosted by Dave and Mary Hansen, owners of ArborBrook, these events have become known as the "events of the summer" by many of our guests! You will celebrate summer in our ...
ArborBrook Vineyards 17770 17770 NE Calkins Lane,Newberg,OR 97132
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Spring is Coming!
And we begin again...
I talked with our Vineyard Manager, Daniel Fey, today, and learned that there is more to taking care of these vines than I ever realized! Daniel is a vineyard management genius (he'd blush if he knew I said that, so don't tell him) and it was really cool to have the opportunity to sit down with him and talk about what's happening in the vineyard.
The first sign of the new vintage occurs when the vineyard is suddenly filled with workers and their clippers. Pruning off last year's dead shoots and positioning the canes for this new season.
Clearing and pulling the brush took two days. Last year's canes were piled in the rows, awaiting tilling back into the soil. Rather than burning, we till the canes back in, creating additional organic material for the soil.
After all the brush is pulled, two canes remain on each vine. Pruning is necessary to maintain the long-term fertility of a vine, but can also be considered a major crop reduction. These will become this year's canes, from which the fruit-bearing shoots will grow. Here's how Daniel explained it: You have the dirt, the vine, and the first wire. To select which canes are kept, you look for those that are about 1 - 2 hands below the wire, have the right diameter, and correct spacing between nodes. These canes are then tied to the wire to create the base from which this year's shoots will grow.
In our vineyard you will sometimes find spurs. A spur is a cane that has been shortened to two buds. Spurs are necessary where the head of the vine is too high. One shoot from this year's spur becomes next year's cane. If the head of a vine it too high, the canes are more likely to break when tied to the fruiting wire.
What type of trellising system do we use in our vineyards? We use VSP, or Vertical Shoot Positioning with double guyot. The canes are supported by securing them to a number of trellis wires running the length of the rows of vines. As the shoots grow vertically, they are positioned within the wires to maximize leaf exposure to sunlight. This is very important in Oregon due to our short growing season and every minute of sunlight exposure is essential. Double guyot (named after a 19th century French scientist) simply indicates the type of pruning and that there are double canes being trained in opposite directions along wires.
Spacing is another important factor to take into consideration. Our spacing is 7 feet by 4 feet. This indicates that there are 7 feet between each row and 4 feet between each plant. In regards to density, this spacing is considered intermediate. Again, spacing is of importance due to maximizing sunlight and optimizing vineyard land. With this spacing, there is no canopy shading from neighboring rows in either the morning or late afternoon sun.
Another issue regarding spacing that is important is offsetting risks of powder mildew and botrytis. If the vines are planted too closely together, air flow is restricted and the chances for powder mildew and botrytis is higher. Greater airflow, risks are reduced.
What's next? A couple quiet months waiting for the rain to stop and the sun to show its face again. In March or early April, it's time to control the weeds using sustainable vineyard management practices. Then we wait for bud break and bloom!
We'll keep you posted!