2024 Vintage Report

The 2024 growing season at To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville has been exceptional. With a long, wet, dormant season followed by a mild and modest spring, our vines are thriving as we transition into the heat of summer. Here's what's happening in the vineyard right now: 

This year, we've enjoyed ideal weather conditions. The early season rains have provided ample water reserves, and the moderate spring temperatures have set the stage for healthy vine growth. As the temperature steadily increases with the summer sun, we have seen a stable progression in ripening that is well-balanced with cool, breezy nights, promising a classic California vintage.

Vine Health: The wet dormant season ensured that our vines emerged from winter with strong, healthy roots. The consistent weather has allowed for even bud break and flowering, which are crucial for a successful harvest. The modest spring temperatures helped reduce the risk of frost, ensuring the buds and flowers remained intact.

Canopy Management: With the arrival of summer heat, our team is focusing on canopy management to ensure optimal sunlight exposure and air circulation. This involves carefully thinning the leaves and positioning shoots to balance shading the fruit and allowing airflow, reducing disease risk and promoting even ripening.

Fruit Set: Following a successful flowering period, we are now seeing excellent fruit set across the vineyard. The clusters are well-formed and evenly distributed, setting the stage for a bountiful harvest.

Irrigation: The early season rains have reduced our irrigation needs, but as temperatures rise, we are closely monitoring soil moisture levels. Drip irrigation systems are being used to provide precise water delivery, ensuring the vines receive just the right amount of hydration.

Stay tuned for more updates as the season progresses.