Harvest Pests Vineyard

Harvest August 2017

It’s been a wet Monsoon season. Almost twice as much rain as a normal summer. We’re really pleased with the Sauvignon blanc crop. The grapes are full and ripe. Insect pressure wasn’t as bad as last year due to spraying at the first sign of Rose Chafer beetles. There were very few Grape Colopsis beetles. One vine was found with Japanese beetles, which are very aggressive and inflict a lot of damage to the vine and grapes.

We harvested the Sauvignon blanc grapes at 23 brix on the 8th of August and the wine fermented for 5 days before going dry.

Yield                     185 lbs  =  7 gallons juice

Brix                       23 degrees

PH                         3.4

Yeast                    QA 23

Harvest Vineyard

Harvest 2016


2015 found us unable to take care of the vineyard. It was more important for a father to walk his daughter down the aisle in California than harvest his grapes. Even though I had help taking care of the vineyard nature dealt a fatal blow to the crop before it could be harvested. The bird net was never installed and the birds , rose chafers, bees and rot all took their turn.

2016 finds us in much better shape than last year. As hard as I tried to farm organically the Rose Chafers have overwhelmed me. I had to use an non organic spray to knock them down and control them. Too much work not to protect the crop. Petiole analysis shows the vine pretty much in balance.

The Sauvignon blanc was harvested Aug. 9, 2016.

Yield                     160 lbs  =  9 gallons juice

Brix                       24 degrees

PH                         3.4

Yeast                    QA 23

Fermentation   Aug. 10  to Aug. 17,  73 degrees

In Storage now               56 degrees


The Hobby Vineyard Status | Reporting Mid-July Growth

  • Warm weather with afternoon monsoonal showers.
  • Daytime temeratures in 90° fahrenheit range, cooling into the 60° range overnight.
  • Grapes are on schedule for ripening, averaging 1° brix per week.
  • 2.37″ of rain from July 1 through July 16
  • Low pressure from insects and disease.
  • Applied bird netting 2 weeks ago – minimal damage to date.
  • Signs of Tomato Horn Worms and Grape Leaf Skeletonizers. Spraying with Bacillus thuringiensis every 7 days beginning last week at first sign of pests.