Sunday, January 3, 2010


There is a certain wisdom to be gained from watching the numbers, and rest assured that we do it all. We count nodes, shoot tip index, pressure bomb, weather data log, collect pruning weights, record berry weights, etc. But how good is that information, how do we validate it? There is only one really certified way to make any sense out of what is happening in your vineyard, and that is to go look. How do the best farmers in the world farm their grapes? They go out there and do it. Sitting at this computer terminal entering the numbers looking at indexes, great. What does that look like in the field? When the french talk about terroir, how do you think they know it so well? They go out there and live in it. It's been said; the best fertilizer for any farm is the foreman's boot prints. Exactly the foundation for my farming policy.

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