Vineyard Pictures

Syrah (Trellis) Soon To Be Delivered to the Crusher

Syrah (Trellis) Soon To Be Delivered to the Crusher

8-15-2008 Hot Summer Days

8-15-2008 Hot Summer Days

Pruning debris

Pruning debris – Spring Chores

Unloading the Pruning debris fro burning

Unloading the Pruning debris for burning

Leafing and out and shoot development

Leafing out and shoot development on head trained Grenache

Syrah growth up through the wires in the trellis

Syrah growth up through the wires in the trellis

June Growth

June Growth

Jumble of shoots to be thinned to two shoots per spur

Jumble of shoots to be thinned to two shoots per spur

Roses at the end of the row

Roses at the end of the row

Heavy growth and leafing in the Grenache

Heavy growth and leafing in the Grenache

Grapes on the Viogneir

Grapes development on the Viognier

Heavy load on the Mourvedre that will be thinned in August

Heavy load on the Mourvedre that will be thinned in August

Every Vineyard needs a Patio to Entertain and Enjoy the View

Every Vineyard needs a Patio to Entertain and Enjoy the View

'Chateau Lightner'

‘Chateau Lightner’

Lower Vineyard 8-1-2008

Lower Vineyard 8-1-2008

Syrah Going Deep Purple

Syrah Going Deep Purple

Tasty Syrah Just Begging For Bird Attacks

Tasty Syrah Just Begging For Bird Attacks

Vineyard 8.22.08

Vineyard 8.22.08

Upper Vineyard from the Front Yard

Upper Vineyard from the Front Yard – Mostly Syrah with some Viognier

Roses at the End of Each Row

Roses at the End of Each Row

Candace's Flowers at 'Chateau Lightner'

Candace’s Flowers at ‘Chateau Lightner’

One of My Fearless Kite-Birds Protecting the Vineyard

One of My Fearless Kite-Birds Protecting the Vineyard   

Head Trained Mourvedre Slowly Riping

Head Trained Mourvedre Slowly Ripening

A Sure Sign Harvest will Begin in the Morning

A Sure Sign Harvest will Begin in the Morning

Steep Slopes and Hard Work - Viva Los Hombres

Steep Slopes and Hard Work – Viva Los Hombres

Upper Vineyard Bounty Mixed with the Viognier

Upper Vineyard Bounty Mixed with the Viognier

Tomorrow the Journey Begins from Quality Grape to Fine Wine

Tomorrow the Journey Begins from Quality Grape to Fine Wine

Lower Vineyard Bountry/Sophie Supervising

Lower Vineyard Bounty/Sophie Supervising

Nine Bins Total - About 2.5 Tons - Ready for Their Journey

Nine Bins Total – About 2.5 Tons – Ready for Their Journey

Late Fall Day in the Vineyard

Late Fall Day in the Vineyard

Grenache with Good Deep Colors

Grenache with Good Deep Colors

Fall Rain on Saturday

Fall Rain on Saturday

Mourvedre and Rapidly Turning Leaves

Mourvedre and Rapidly Turning Leaves

The Harvest of Mourvedre

The Harvest of Mourvedre

Fall Mourvedre Bounty

Fall Mourvedre Bounty

Josh Delivering the Grapes to the Crusher/Destemmer

Josh Delivering the Grapes to the Crusher/Destemmer

Carrie Adding Sulfites After Crush, Isa, Marin, and Carrie's Father Tom Cooper - Its a Family Affair

Carrie Adding Sulfites After Crush, Isa, Marin, and Carrie’s Father Tom Cooper – Its a Family Affair

Let's not Forget Ron who Planted my Grapes, Advises me Every Step of the Way, Harvests them, and Gets them to the Winery

Let’s not Forget Ron who Planted my Grapes, Advises me Every Step of the Way, Harvests them, and Gets them to the Winery

THE END OF THE SEASON, BUT OH WHAT A GLORIOUS END

THE END OF THE SEASON, BUT OH WHAT A GLORIOUS END

Gimp Boy - Working in the Vineyard can be Dangerous

Gimp Boy – Working in the Vineyard can be Dangerous – Ruptured Patellar Tendon in a fall in the vineyard

FIRST BIG STORM - 2'

FIRST BIG STORM – 2′

THESE are Mountain Grapes.

THESE are Mountain Grapes.

Chateau Lightner - If my knee was injured I would have been riding my board in the vineyard.

Chateau Lightner – If my knee was not injured I would have been riding my board in the vineyard.

Lightner Vineyards/Chateau Lightner

Sunburn in the Syrah

Sunburned and Shriveled Syrah Lef Hanging After Harvest. Sad.

Shatter in the Grenache

Kite-Bird flying in the wind to keep the ravenous birds our of the ripening grapes

In this troubled world with all its competing problems, someone has to keep the cats out of the vineyard. 

 

2-19-2011 Happy Birthday Steve

Drone over the vineyard May 2016

Drone over the vineyard May 2016

7 Comments

  1. Candis says:

    Wow! Great photos — I enjoyed your Democratic rants, of course, and the photos are fabulous!
    Glad you got this up and running again. It’s a lot of work for you and totally enjoyable for the rest of us.
    Candis

  2. Kate says:

    Hi Steve, I love this picture: “Fall Mourvedre Bounty.” Any chance I could use it in our wine industry trade magazine?

  3. Wayne King says:

    Hi Steve..As a fellow “nut” planning a vineyard…I have to ask..how successful are your bird kites?

  4. slightner says:

    Somewhat. I lose about 5%-10% of the crop, and heavy around the edges of the vineyard where the birds can roast in the trees and then swoop in. If I added hawk sounds it might be move effective. It also is dependent on wind. If there is enough to have the kites ‘fluttering’ it is fairly effective. But in the evenings when they are hanging down on their strings, it is come and get it time. I notice that many in Napa use netting, but that would not be an option on my steep slopes and as a one man operation. Note you won’t see any real bird activity until the grapes are about two-weeks from being ready and the sugar content suits the birds palate. They too appreciate quality.

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  6. Ana says:

    Thanks SO much for the photos of the recently pruned Ganache. I have spent hours, over several years, trying to find this growing method on the internet after reading a very vague referral to it in a locally written gardening book (here in New Zealand). I even contacted the author, but he was unable to give any further information. I finally feel I am able to get on with the process of actually growing because the referred to method of spurs up the trunk really does work! I have one vine two years old and another three years old and a tiny yard. Many thanks!

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