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Happy Harvest 2015! Harvest began on Hallberg Ranch in the wee hours of the morning on August 14th, which is the earliest we’ve ever started. The weather leading up to our first pick was hot, followed by a heat wave (it was over 100 degrees!) that first weekend. Everyone was worried about the fruit ripening faster than we could pick, but we’ve had a cool, damp several days since then which buys our vineyard crew some time. “All I can say is thank the weather for cooling down!” Nicolas said this morning. Continue »
For those who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Kirk Lokka (or, as we call him, Don Cruz), we can tell you that he is larger than life. Kirk is one of the founding partners of Emeritus Vineyards; he is our VP of Vineyards and General Manager. Kirk was recently honored by the Sonoma County Winegrowers with the 2015 Viticulture Award of Excellence. Continue »
It is wildflower season at Emeritus! The vineyard rows are blooming with natural grasses, wildflowers and mustard! In general Emeritus doesn't actually plant any of these 'cover crops' (called that because they blanket the ground between the vines). We let Mother Nature dictate what grows best without interfering. This creates a habitat for beneficial insects in the vineyards and improves soil fertility and tilth. Continue »