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    Putting a cork in it! 

    While Ann and Peter are in Mendoza for the 2017 harvest, it's also time to get the 2015 Old Vine into bottles.




    Happy Malbec World Day! 

    Malbec has been called Argentina's ambassador to the world, and it is celebrated world-wide every April 17th. Ann and Peter in Argentina join in the celebration, toasting Versado customers in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and France! 



    These photos shows how we manage weeds prior to harvest. The main goal is to knock down weeds so they don't seed, and to make is easier for pickers to access the grapes, and to walk the rows to carry out boxes. However, after harvest we want grass to grow again to provide pasture for our horse, Angelito, to stabilize the soil against erosion and to provide green manure to replenish lost organic matter.










    This tool knocks the weeds down, cuts off any tall weeds and slices through the root masses and thatch, without uprooting the cover crop. In a few days or weeks, established roots will push up new shoots and revive the cover. 



    Pre-harvest clean-up

    Here, Peter is cleaning up row ends where there are a few bird pecks and the odd dried berry. This will make cluster sorting more effective, since 40% whole clusters will go into the concrete fermentation vat. A couple of afternoons of this gives us a close connection to the vineyard. Quality and flavours are excellent. 

    Ann does clean-up too! 



    Welcome to Mendoza

    Ann and Peter have arrived in Mendoza for Harvest 2017. Dropping by the vineyard the evening they arrived, they were welcomed by Angelito, who was on patrol (or maybe just taking advantage of a little green grass at the end of the season). Ann and Peter will meet the encargado, Roberto, today and start pre-harvest preparations.