I have to remind myself that this website is not about pretty pictures. It is suppose to be about viticulture – a topic I constantly find myself drifting away from.
You can walk through all your blocks all you want but you will never get a clear picture of your entire block or farm, unless you do it from the sky. Since drones are currently illegal to use, your best bet is to use an airplane.
So yesterday we took to the sky. It was a beautiful, clear morning, perfect for observing the vineyards. The main goal to this is to find variations in the blocks. This will determine where we sample and how we pick the grapes, but ultimately these images will serve to better the blocks in the future, by means of soil correction, canopy management and water management.
Achieving a homogenous canopy is of utmost importance. Don’t get me wrong, I do want different flavours in the vineyards, but that must be terroir specific, not due to stress in certain parts of the block.
Flying over all these vineyards opens your eyes. It helps you to see the bigger picture. Your mind starts planning the coming year – the changes you want to make, the different strategies you want to apply… Only to realize – Hold On! You first need to get the 2015 crop in!