Solving Spring Frost Problems
Throughout the World most of the premier
winegrowing areas are subject to late Spring
frosts. The Bell Mountain appellation is no
exception; objectively, with more severity due
to our heightened elevation. So for several
years we have investigated, and experimented
with various devices, without positive success.
With research and experience in previous
efforts, we built a unit and proved its
effectiveness. Powered by a tractor's PTO, with
3-pint hitch capability, the unit has a 5-foot
fan, with rpm output of 770, thus moving the
cold air from ground level to the heavens at a
rate of 70,000 cfm. We are constructing
additional fans to protect the entire Vineyards.
Patents are pending.
In 2003 we commenced renovation of some of our
older Blocks in the vineyards. In our initial
development, we planned Blocks of approximately
two acres. This has enabled effective management
such as wine-variety and rootstock selection
based on soil profiles. The planning assists in
plant training, pruning, irrigation, with Block
maturity and designated harvest dates.
The Spring of 2007 saw major planting of select
rootstock and clones in Block 1 with Cabernet
Sauvignon, Blocks 2, 3, 4 and 5 with Merlot,
Blocks 6-7 with Malbec, and Blocks 10, 11 and 12
with Syrah. Over 10,000 were planted.
The Spring of 2009 saw an addition of 10,000 new
Riesling plants. Plans for the Spring of 2011
include planting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah,
Riesling and the first planting of Viognier.
Future plantings are schedule through 2013.
Updated information coming soon