The last several years has seen the loss of too many of the older vines to unknown causes.
In particular, the area closest to the woods and entrance were losing apparently
strong vines at an alarming rate. In addition, as many of these vines were grafted Vidal, a variety readily available in Virginia,
we decided to pull out the last acre or so of Vidal and Muscat Ottonel and replant with Aglianico, an Italian red varietal which has many favorable attributes, including small cluster size, thick skins and looses clusters.
In addition, the wines made from this varietal grow at higher elevations in the coolest major viticultur area in Italy: 100 miles inland from Naples!
In the following slide-show, you will see the problems encountered with a variety of pests and what we are doing to counteract these with
the assistance of Dr. Doug Pheifer from VA Tech.
TO ACCESS OLDER VINEYARD INFORMATION FROM 1989 TO 2000, PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS.
1. PLANTING THE FIRST PINOT GRIGIO
2. BATTLING BLACK GOO/ESCA INFECTED VINES (NURSERY SUPPLIED FOR FREE)
3. REGENERATION OF VINES WEAKENED BY GRAPE ROOT BORER
4. CLIMATE CHANGE