Here are a few glimpses of WINTER here at Johan Vineyards. It’s been quite the winter, with a number of snowstorms, ice and sleet, and overall chilly wintery weather here in Oregon! Upside: the beautiful blankets of snow have been an absolutely stunning landscape to work in, a nice contrast to the wet rainy winters we’re used to in the Willamette Valley.
Despite the chilly temps, our pruning crew has been working hard to finish pruning and tying down the vineyard, along with other winter maintenance projects. In the cellar, we’ve just bottled a number of our 2015 reserve wines, including our Drueskall Pinot Gris (skin-fermented Gris) and our Blaufränkisch — pictured above. We just had our typical “Febuary Fake-out”, two days of gorgeous, T-shirt worthy, sunny weather that puts all of us in spring planning mode. Looking forward to the onset of spring, and another exciting growing season. Let the count down begin!
Spring is in the air here at Johan Vineyards! Trees on the property are blooming, the daffodils and tulips have sprung, and buds in the vineyard are about to push. We have enjoyed an especially wet winter, filling the soil and land with reserves needed to sustain us through the growing season. Pruning in the vineyard is complete, and the vines are prepared for their next season of life. Cover crops blanket our vine rows, bringing erosion control and stability through the rainy season, while providing a variety of nutrients to the soil and the vines. Bud break is upon us, kicking the growing season into gear!
In the cellar, we are continuously pleased upon review of what the 2015 vintage has brought us. While 2015 was one of the warmest growing seasons we’ve experienced here in Oregon, we feel blessed to have healthy soils and the winds of the Van Duzer Corridor, giving us a nice buffer to grow well-balanced, cool climate fruit. We are excited to bottle the rest of our 2014 reserve wines this upcoming spring and summer, as time and patience have paid off and the wines have benefited from the extended time in barrel.
While the vines were dormant, winter brought time for reflection and planning for the new growing season. Spring brings rejuvenated energy and life for new growth and perspective. We are excited to implement some new techniques and experiments, with a continued focus balancing our farm’s ecosystem through diversification and regenerative farming. We look forward to the upcoming growing season, and are happy to release these new wines to you. Enjoy!