This week Corissa is doing the spring pruning in Whistler’s Vineyard and she takes great care to prune each vine individually to maximize its potential. Notice she has lots of help from our Heirloom Chickens who follow her up and down the rows. It is cold out there but the cold hearty varietals of grapes are beginning to wake up from their long winter nap. People often ask us what we grow and how we protect them in the winter. We grow Marquette, Frontenac Gris, Marechal Foch, Prairie Star, and Niagara. And to protect them in the winter, the answer is we don’t.
They thrive in the Wisconsin winters and would never survive in Napa/Sonoma. It would be too hot for them. A good blanket of snow is best because it does insulate them from the cold, but not necessary.