Winter time, and the vineyard sleeps, but not really. The dormant vines have shed their leaves showing off their growth and awaiting pruning. After last year’s wet season, the vines had grown long and thick. Time for a cutting! We waited patiently for the first rains so we could plant our cover crop seed. It looked like we were in another drought year, yet the cover crop germinated after a rain in January, but then started to dry up….until late February and March  brought us the rain we so desperately needed to wake up the vineyard. The vineyard is now pruned, the cover crop growing and we are waiting for spring bud break. A new, hopeful cycle beings again.