Last month, we continued the development of our Good Earth Block by planting 1,800 Riesling and Chardonnay vines! Extensive work went into preparing the field over the past two years: we cleared piles and piles of rocks, installed drainage, and established multiple different cover crops to build up organic matter in the soil. The baby vines were purchased from a local nursery and are already one year old. It will take at least two years before we can expect a crop from the recently planted vines. Look out for vintage 2025!
The Good Earth Block Riesling and Chardonnay join over an acre of locally-adapted hybrid varieties that we planted in 2022. Those vines (NY-45, Regent, and NY-81 a.k.a. Aravelle) are thriving and we are expecting a small crop from them this year! Locally-adapted hybrids are more resilient in our unpredictable and challenging climate. They are more disease-resistant and cold-hardy than European vitis vinifera grape varieties. We are farming the Good Earth Block 100% organically.
If you visit Silver Thread this year, look for the bright blue and green grow tubes marking (and protecting) the new vines.