Well, I took these photos last week, so I can't really call them December pictures. Here's what the vineyard is looking like these days. Not a lot of activity out there, but I do see people here and there working on replacing posts and pruning.
November was very wet and windy. Since we really need the rain, nobody is complaining, and the temperatures have been pretty darned mild. But now that it's December, I keep thinking it should be getting cold.
January is normally our coldest month, but December and February are close seconds. During these three months the vine pruning will pick up and by the end of February the vineyard will be neat and tidy, ready for the spring growth.
Some of the growers burn their prunings as they go. Others line the clippings neatly in between the rows. Once the pruning is done they drive a tractor through with a mulcher attached. Callie will be bringing home dead vine trunks all during the winter.
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