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The vineyard crew is busy tucking shoots up into the trellis and pulling leaves from the fruit zone. We are lucky to have such a veteran crew. Many have been with us for three or more decades!

Vineyard leaves change varying colors throughout Autumn, bringing gorgeous hues of red to the vines.

We have leaf drop! That means the nightly temperatures have dropped well below 30° F for several days & the vines are now dormant. The vibrant colors that graced our vineyard have faded. The longest job of the vineyard – pruning each vine – has now begun and will continue until February.

Aah cool mornings! Out in the vineyard by 6am, the crew beats the heat & takes advantage of the fog cover. They recently finished removing leaves from the “fruit zone” to help the grapes ripen uniformly. It’s a lot of hand work!

Vineyard manager David shares some snapshots from harvesting at Hafner Vineyard in Alexander Valley.

The cover crop in the vineyard has started to bloom.

The ever-changing vineyard! After a receiving a few inches of rain, the newly seeded cover crop has started to grow, while the vines are changing color & beginning to go dormant.

Insectary blends attract predatory insects and bring vibrant colors to the vineyard. Vineyard sustainability in action!

Autumn colors at Hafner Vineyard in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley.