Topic of the Week 5/14/18 - Advanced

Thank you for , , , and for contributing to last week's discussion on Palo Cortado! Geoff also left an important note on the end so be sure to take a peek if you missed it!

This week: Cool Climate Viticulture

Describe methods vineyard managers can use to encourage ripening in cooler climates and growing years.

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  • In addition to Darla's excellent response, I would add exposure is vastly important. Planting on South facing slopes to maximize UV gain is critical. Also, planting near bodies of water (rivers,lakes) that act as heat sinks and can moderate cooler night time temperatures will have a profound effect on ripening fruit in cooler climates.