Harvest has begun, a little on the late side, thanks mostly to Mother Nature. I think I should just do a weather report in my newsletter! The early varieties where we have been checking the sugar are Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay. The 2018 crop looks normal in size and will take us until late October to get picked.
We started pruning in early December. It takes 35 workers about 90 days to prune our vineyards. It is one of the most tedious jobs that we do. Selection of the proper canes and spurs will determine what kind and what size of crop we have.
The vineyards of Lucas & Lewellen are located in the three wine growing valleys of Santa Barbara County: Santa Ynez Valley, Los Alamos Valley, and the Santa Maria Valley.
These valley vineyards benefit from a rare transverse mountain range topography, an east-west orientation which channels the cool ocean air of the Pacific into the coastal valleys, allowing warm days and cool nights to produce a long, gentle growing season.