Autumn is a vibrant time in the Yakima Valley. Days are getting shorter and leaves are turning red and orange, dotting the horizon with beautiful warm colors, a sure sign that fall is in the...

Yakima Valley Grape Growers Excited About 2019 Vintage Veraison in Wine Country Yakima, Wash., — Aug 9, 2019 — The home stretch to harvest has begun, and there are happy faces all around Yakima Valley’s wine country. Not to...

The Yakima Valley AVA (American Viticultural area) encompasses significant diversity of climate, topography and soil; and this diversity yields a broad spectrum of high-quality grapes and wines. Four AVAs, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Rattlesnake Hills,...

A wine grape grower’s year is marked by milestones beginning with bud break in the spring and culminating with harvest in the fall.  Between these two events the vines go through bloom, fruit set and shatter...

Originally run in the Yakima Herald Republic: April 4, 2019. YAKIMA, Wash. -- There is no mistaking it; bud break is that glorious moment in the vineyard when the vines wake up from winter dormancy.
As the days get longer and warmer, the vines begin to show vitality. Bud break is the second step in preparing the vines for harvest. (Pruning is the first.) Once the weather begins to warm up, hormones begin to activate in the roots, telling the vine to begin its fruit-bearing process.
Bud break is when leaves and shoots begin to elongate out of the buds, which have been tightly packed and protected all winter. These small, fuzzy leaves contain all the components of the upcoming growing season, from the shoots and canopies to the clusters and grapes.  Read more.

Printed in the Yakima Herald Republic, February 21, 2019 In wine country, winter is the time for vineyards to recharge while waiting for the cold nights to get shorter and warmer weather to arrive. It is also...