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Vineyard Replant

Hafner Replant NovemberIn farming, there is always work to be done and changes to be made. A vineyard typically has a life cycle of about 25 years, so Winemaker Parke Hafner and Vineyard Manager David Huebel are constantly looking at long term plans for the vineyard. After Harvest 2018, we removed 10 acres of vines and began the process of replanting Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. A yearlong project, Parke, David and the vineyard team can now catch their breath with the new vines in the ground and growing happily. We interviewed Parke and David to get their perspectives on the replant and share the process with you.

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Cover Crop

Hafner Vineyard SoilOut in the vineyard, we try to use the most natural and sustainable techniques possible. Soil health, both nutrient richness and soil structure, is a crucial component to strengthening the vineyard. The primary way we achieve this is by planting a cover crop. A cover crop is a mix of legumes and beans that fix nitrogen into the soil and increase biomass. Cover crop planting and cultivation requires many steps. One of the most challenging parts is working with the weather Mother Nature provides. No two years are the same. 

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Vineyard Pruning

Vineyard TeamOne of the dependable aspects of farming is its consistent annual cycles. Every year in late November or early December after the first frost, we begin pruning the grapevines. The vineyard crew heads out in the early morning hours to take on the daunting task of pruning 96 acres. This will take all seven guys roughly four months, perhaps longer if the weather is uncooperative. When pruning a vine, they have numerous decisions to make and a number of considerations to keep in mind. Pruning helps to determine the crop load for the coming Harvest. 

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Meet the Team - David

David Huebel"Meet the Team" is our blog series that introduces each of the Hafner Vineyard team members. We answer a series of questions about ourselves and our time at Hafner Vineyard. David Huebel is the Vineyard Manager. A Healdsburg native, he and his family live on the vineyard. Besides being a wealth of vineyard knowledge, he's quite the avid runner, logging between 30 to 42 miles per week and recently completed a 50K race. 

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Grape Harvesting Machine Video

David in Machine HarvesterWhen people ask me what it’s like to drive the machine harvester, it’s a bit hard to imagine, so we thought it might be fun to have you ride along with me. During the Chardonnay harvest, I wore a GoPro on my head so that you could see what it’s like to drive the harvester through my eyes. Warning! I tried to keep as steady as possible but I did have to move quite a bit.

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