Carter Prairie Restoration Project

Ken Wright Cellars is pleased to share news about the Carter Prairie Restoration Project. With the help of Federal Grant money, the support of Jack Carter, Ken Wright and Seth Mill, vineyard manager, Ken Wright Cellars will return approximately 1.5 acres of land back to native plant species. This will take a few years to establish. The first stage is to remove all the non-native grasses and weeds like Himalayan blackberry and thistle. Once this is accomplished the first round of reseeding the property will begin. We are on schedule to start this spring with the grasses, and will be followed up in the subsequent years with nectar producing tuber plants and shrubs. In the long run we hope to have an area that no longer requires regular mowing and therefore cuts the cost of fuel and time on the tractor that isn’t grape based. We also hope to ensure that native plant species remain a part of the landscape for future generations.

Vineyard Update: Pruning

Ken Wright Cellars has begun pruning at Carter Vineyard. This is the preliminary pass where our staff makes what we like to call “rough cuts.” The rough cuts are done with loppers because the wood that is being cut is of substantial thickness. The goal is to leave enough cane to ensure a good choice of growth for the coming year. Following this process we will go back through and fine tune our pruning. This process is called tipping and tying. Here we make the final decision on which cane to wrap or not wrap around the wire. At this time we also decide how many buds to leave on each plant. We base this on the overall health and strength of the plant.

At Carter Vineyard our staff will leave two canes per plant, 8-9 buds per cane, plus one spur which allows for future positioning of fruiting wood. At other sites that are of higher density such as Savoya, workers will leave just one cane per plant with 8-9 buds per cane, plus a spur.

Check out some recent photos of our crew in action. We are currently busy pruning approximately 120 acres with 4 guys and our vineyard managers, Mark, Seth and Taylor. It is a slow and steady process, but ensures work up to bud break.

Seth provided us with photos of a single plant and the transformation it makes from last year’s growth to the rough cut and then the tip and tie. Enjoy!

A Mid-Winter Night’s Dream Tasting 2013

A benefit for Ronald McDonald House
Presented by Yamhill Carlton AVA, Vitaly Paley, and Hotel Lucia

CLICK HERE to Register

Join us as we team up with Yamhill Carlton AVA, Vitaly Paley, and Hotel Lucia for a delectable tasting event – A Mid-Winter Night’s Dream Tasting 2013. This can’t be missed event will take place Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Hotel Lucia in downtown Portland.

Purchase your tickets today! $100 advanced tickets are on sale through Monday, January 28, 2013. Don’t delay, the event is limited to the first 200 registrants.

All proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House.

Participating Wineries include: Carlton Cellars, Stag Hollow, Belle Pente, Ken Wright Cellars, Anne Amie, Et Fille, Lemelson, Soter, Elk Cove, Carlton Hill, Angela/J, Boedecker, Seven of Hearts, Twelve, Wahle, EIEIO, Solena, Kramer, Alexana + MORE.

We hope to see your there and appreciate your support!

Your Friends at Ken Wright Cellars