Local vineyards entering stressful part of spring

Published: Apr. 14, 2022 at 10:50 PM EDT
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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - This time of the year can be very stressful for local vineyards as vines begin to bud with the warmer temperatures. During this period, any freezes or frosts could pose major consequences to the vines.

Steve Monson, winemaker, and manager at CrossKeys Vineyards, said vines begin to bud as temperatures begin to rise above 75 degrees during the day. Monson said that he noticed vines beginning to bud on Thursday, so now the process of the vines is getting stressful.

“Each bud which gives us all of our leaves and our chutes is a compound bud. There are three of them in there and the risk is the first one out. It is the healthiest with the most fruit and if we have one of these cold events, it would be killed. It won’t kill our grapevines but then we get the second bud and the third bud which produces a lot less fruit,” said Monson.

Monson said they keep the chutes extra long for some time and have wind machines to help combat the cold.

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