In the vineyard, January marks the start of the next year’s vintage. While the vines lay dormant for the winter, most of the cane growth from the prior year is trimmed back. This laborious process, called “pruning,” determines how many clusters a vine will grow for the next harvest. Pruning requires a trained hand and is a skilled art.
For us, this month’s pruning marks our first influence over the vineyard. The vineyard workers spent the last couple of weeks stripping the vines of the old canes to allow for the new ones to grow and reach their full potential. Such a lovely metaphor for life, no? So much promise awaits.
We took the kids with us on our last visit to check the progress of the pruning. And though pruning is exciting enough, we had another reason for our visit: quad shopping. Any good rancher needs trusty transportation.
Our latest acquisition, the Polaris Sportsman, is purely functional of course. I was able to get this baby up to 35 mph before my eyes teared up and bugs in my mouth became a real concern (top speed is 60!). The kids squealed in delight as we drove through the vines. They wanted to check the progress of the pruning too. This is their legacy after all.
After we finished our “work” for the day the kids rode bikes around the ranch (along with our vineyard manager’s son and daughter) and fished in the pond. The bass started biting just as the sun was setting.
A perfect day.
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