#VineWatch13: Week 7! In-Row Tilling, & The Return Of The Fog!

For our Week 7 edition of #VineWatch13, I have something quite cool to share; a close-up look at a very cool vineyard procedure known as In-Row Tilling!

Full disclaimer, the footage below was shot at our Geyserville vineyards (meaning, it’s not of our specific Lytton Springs vine), but as it technically still constitues “watching” vines, I’m going to share anyhow, because it’s cool!

Now, don’t go thinking we’ve forgotten our friend at Lytton Springs! Shall we have a lil’ looksee?

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My lord, what a beautiful creature …

As to things here at Monte Bello, the fog has most definitely returned, as has the cold! I took the opportunity to hike up the mountain a ways this morning, and the particulate matter of the mist was prickly enough to give one pause as to the possiblity of a snowflake or two!

Being, as I was, up the slopes a bit, I took the liberty of snappin’ some snaps on my way back down, to give a bit of perspective as to where our lovely vine is nestled …

From the top of the slope ...

From the top of the slope …

Half-way down ...

Half-way down …

Opposite side of the road ...

Opposite side of the road …

Vine-side of the road ...

Vine-side of the road …

Our vine!

Our vine!

Please stay tuned as we follow our lovely vines through the 2013 vintage!

We’re seven weeks in to-date, and for a quick look back, please enjoy the links below:

Week 6

Week 5

Week 4

Week 3

Week 2-Lytton Springs
Week 2-Monte Bello

Week 1

(if you’re following #RidgeVineyards on Twitter, you can also track VineWatch 2013 by specifically filtering for the following hashtag: #VineWatch13)



Categories: Geyserville, Lytton Springs, Monte Bello, Vineyards and Oenology

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1 reply

  1. Chris,
    I hope all is well. I am back in Alpine now, and I am spending more time at our place in downtown LA. I just finished building our underground wine room in Alpine, and it is full already. I think it can hold 6k bottles, but I only put in racks for 1.5k, leaving the rest for barrels of the syrah, grenache noir, and mouvedre that seems to grow well here. I have learned that vines are a lot of work, and I only have 500! I unearthed a couple of mixed cases of late 70’s early 80’s Ridge zins that are starting be used….really showcases the ability of a well made zin to capture that claret style and essence.
    Write when you get the chance. Best Regard, Dean Patterson

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