It is that time of year where the days are getting cold and the nights long. It is one of my favourite times of year, as I always regard it as the start of the next vintage. Yes I know we have about 8 months to go before we harvest any grapes for the 2014 vintage. But, I believe harvest starts as pruning, as that is when we start preparing the quality for the vintage.
So far this winter has been cold with some bonus rain. Our irrigation dams are filling up fast, so that is one less thing to worry about in the coming summer.
Winter is also the time of year where wine producers scour the planet, looking for new markets, and maintaining old ones. This is no easy feat, as the world economy very jittery. The USA seems to be buying, and there have been some nice developments in China.