April Notes From The Vineyard

Rick Aldine, North Coast Grape Manager

Continued rain. Heavy mildew & phomopsis pressure. Grape demand exceeds supply. Give me a call to get out and look at 2017 grape opportunities OR come by our Napa office to taste through our bulk wine offerings. You can reach me at (707) 252-4800 office, (707) 287-6073 cell, rick@agajanian.com. Our Napa office is located across from The Meritage Resort, 2785 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Napa.

Dan Garcia, Northern Interior Grape Manager

Rain, Rain, and more Rain. We got two inches more last week and another 1/3 inch yesterday in the Interior. Give me a call if you would like me to market your grapes for you, or if you are looking for grapes in the Northern Interior. I can be reached on my cell at (916) 425-6656 or dan@agajanian.com.

Michael Haddox, Central Coast Grape Manager

Hello to Everyone from the new guy!! My name is Michael Haddox and I am the new Winery Relations Manager for the Central Coast. With Spring in full swing things are moving along nicely out in the Vineyards. The 2017 vintage is shaping up nicely and although no one to anxious to make a prediction about yields so far, it does look like there is great potential for a good crop this year. There is decent buyer activity on the CC, but the early buyers are being very selective. The Agajanian available wine grape list has great options right now, but don’t wait too long to or that special block just might be gone! I am seeing prices continue to creep up this year, which is another reason to lock down a longer-term contract instead of buying year to year. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call and I can walk you through your options. (805) 975-7001 cell or michael@agajanian.com

Tim Mendonca, Central & Southern Interior Grower Relations

It has been a wet April with over 1.2 inches of rain so far. West-side farmers got 100% water allocation, first time since 2006. If you have any grapes or bulk wine for sale or are interested in any grapes and bulk wine feel free to give me a call at (559) 352-2452 or email Tim@agajanian.com

Patrick Tachella, Director of Viticulture

Spring is here, the rains keep coming, and for some folks bloom is mere weeks away. You know we had an epic water year when Central Valley Water Project growers are being granted 100% allocations. This is fantastic news yet for vineyards in Northern parts of CA the problem is too much moisture. Spring shoot growth has been out for some time now, and in many cases the ground has been too wet for tractors to move through fields. Powdery Mildew and Phomopsis pressure is strong this year; especially where early season protection was not established. If the rains keep up some growers may have serious

issues this year. Hopefully the rains will taper off in the coming weeks and we will sail through the bloom with good weather. If this happens the clusters we have been seeing are going to fill out well and we generally expect a larger than normal crop.

I have seen some interesting bud break this year. Geographically bud break progressed around the growing regions in proper order and timing. Generally, the buds along the cordon or canes have opened in synchrony just how we like it. Oddly, some Chardonnay blocks we have seen pushed primary, secondary and tertiary buds in unison. This type of growth will make thinning complicated. I hope by the next time you read our updates we will be able to offer a more accurate idea of the overall crop size, for now it’s too early.

I am excited for what is going to be yet another successful year for the California wine industry. We are geared up, staffed up, and already antsy for harvest to start. I hope you think Agajanian Vineyards first for your wine grapes and premium bulk wine. We have reps all over California ready to help. That’s all for now, best of luck until next time.

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