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2015-2016 Vineyard & Winery Udates
2016 turned out to be a very busy year and also a very good year. First and foremost the winter of 2015-16 was normal or average on both temperature and precipitation. This allowed the vines a chance to mature normally and there was virtually no winter damage to the vines and buds. Although the Traminette was still struggling to recover font polar vortex experienced three year earlier. Due to that slowness to recover, it was determined that those Traminette that were dead or dying would be uprooted and replaced with a more cold hearty varietal, Brianna. Brianna is a white, American hybrid grape developed at the University of Minnesota. The Brianna Grape, Vitis 'Brianna', grows large clusters of white grapes and has an orderly growth habit. Berries are greenish gold to gold when fully ripe. This grape makes a very nice semi-sweet table wine with a honey-apricot-peach taste. Approximately 220 Traminette vines were pulled up and replaced with ~150 Brianna vines. This was due to the expanded spacing of each vine. Traminette was on 8 foot centers while Brianna is set at 12 foot. This was based on recommendation from Bruce Bordelon, Professor of Horticulture at Purdue.
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