What Does Heavy Rain Mean For A Vineyard?

What Does Heavy Rain Mean For A Vineyard?

What Does Heavy Rain Mean For A Vineyard?

Rain hit San Diego county and all of California hard this winter. Recently we even had some strong downpour in April. Which is great for our drought! We have had some of the driest years since we’ve been here in ’14 and ’15. But what does that mean for our vineyard, what does that mean for Orfila? Is that bad or good? 

Too much rain can be a problem; in Sonoma county many vineyards were drowned by the winter rainfall. But rain is usually great for a vineyard, it helps us conserve water. You have to be conscious of runoff and erosion.

Sonoma Vineyard Flooded

When the rains hit us at Orfila Vineyards in Escondido our cover crops were well ingrained between our rows. That prevented erosion and helps control runoff. More importantly the rains pushed salts though our soil profile which benefits our vines. It allows the plants to take up more water and helps our vines absorb more nutrients. The recent rainfall in April didn’t affect our bloom very much.

Rain is great, unless there is too much. Processes in conservation can help defend a vineyard during heavy rains. Rains help push salt through our soil profile which benefits our vines.

We have to be conscious of all of these factors to bring you the very best wine in Southern California and especially San Diego County.

Cheers Orfila Wine Lovers,

Matthew – Marketing Coordinator

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