Yakima Valley vineyards see rapid shoot growth and pre-bloom

This week’s blog post offers a real-time visual of the five Cabernet Sauvignon vines we are monitoring during the growing season.  Each of these vines are located in a different micro-climate or sub AVA within the Yakima Valley appellation. The images reflect what the plants currently look like and the brief write ups give narrative of what is happening now and what is expected to occur in the next days or weeks.

For more information on the vineyard site of each of these vineyards click here.

Shoots are currently in the process of photosynthesis, which creates the energy to accelerate growth.  Growers will see up to 2-3 inches of growth per day, maybe more if it is real warm. 


Tapteil Vineyard, Red Mountain, Yakima Valley: Cab Sauv (planted 1985) is in leaf development stage. Leaf development somewhat behind that of nearby Cab Franc and Merlot.  RedWillowfina2l

Red Willow Vineyard, Yakima Valley: Everything is moving along normally. We are irrigating more frequently and hoping for lots of sunshine in June for bloom.
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DuBrul Vineyard, Yakima Valley: In this block of Cabernet shoots are only a few inches long, which is normal at this point in the year.  The warm weather recently has been helping the vines along;  young shoots are growing rapidly.  As you can see in the closer photo, leaves and clusters are emerging from the growing shoot tips.  Newhousefinal

Upland Vineyard, Snipes Mtn, Yakima Valley: Vine looks very healthy. Shoot growth is 8 to 20 inches. Clusters are pre-bloom.  Once they start to bloom we will get a better idea as to an approximate harvest date, but so far it’s looking neither late nor early! This block has not yet been shoot-thinned.


Copeland Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills, Yakima Valley: The vines are happy and progressing very nicely. The heat of late is really pushing growth. We are seeing 8-12 inches growth in Cabernet. We will start early shoot thinning the first of next week.


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