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Vineyard Update: Santaluz Wine?

Vineyard Update: Santaluz Wine?
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Santaluz Landscape Manager Julie T… demonstrates VSP cordon pruning technique
to Wine Committee Members Vince Monteparte and Elizabeth Tesolin Hamilton

Article by Elizabeth Tesolin Hamilton

A vineyard was originally part of the Santaluz vision, with the intention of honoring California’s agricultural and traditions and natural beauty here in the club. But did you know that the vines growing just below the clubhouse are being groomed to produce our very own wine?

Overseen by the Santaluz staff, including Landscape Manager Julie Torgerson, and Wine Consultant Frank Bons, zinfandel and sangiovese vines are steadily maturing.

Until recently, we have been committed to utilizing organic and biodynamic techniques in the vineyard. Given that our microclimate is not a known grape producing region, that approach has resulted in the vineyard not developing as well as hoped. In consultation with the Vineyard consultant, General Manager Jim MacDonough and Wine Committee Director Chuck Capps have discussed various approaches to growing the vines.

The vineyard will now be managed with more intensive intervention to assist in its development and establishment, with the added benefit of increasing its physical beauty. These changes will give the vineyard a boost and should help with overall health and vigor.

Once the vineyard has matured and stabilized, the organic/biodynamic approach will be reevaluated for possible utilization again.

In mid-January Wine Committee members visited the vineyard to learn about VSP – vertical shoot positioning – a technique of pruning and directing trellised vines upward in a vertical, narrow curtain with the fruiting zone below. Pruning is now nearly complete. The vines will be wrapped early in the growing season this year to add additional protection to the fruit.

The Club anticipates a harvest this year that will allow us to produce wine from our vines! Stay tuned for future vineyard updates.
The Santaluz Club.     8170 Caminito Santaluz East San Diego, CA 92127     858.759.3120
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