October 9th, 2012 With temperatures dropping and digging quickly approaching it’s time to pull up the irrigation lines. Some of the hoses are reused from year to year so we don’t want the digger going through and pulling them up or breaking them so we pull them up ourselves each year. Before pulling up anything, everything must be detached and hardware must be removed. All of this is kept and stored for the winter. Here Adam is collecting all connectors, hose clamps, and valves.
April 20th, 2013, As expected today we had to play clean up after a very blustery and rainy Friday. The piping that was torn down from the green house was our first project as the air flow is necessary in order for the roof to remain intact. Here the ventilation tubing has been reattached to the fan system and to the roof top. It's amazing how unpredictable the weather has been this year!
May 7th, 2013, Here at Double A we are always looking for ways to make the growing experience easier and more enjoyable for our customers. A long time concern we've seen from our customers has been regarding pruning and training. This year we decided to get with our viticulturist to discuss this in detail. Today we headed out to the vineyard to take video footage of Rick pruning vines using 3 different training systems as featured in our chart.
December 9th, 2012 Looking for more ideas that can be wrapped and placed under the tree this year? Double A Vineyards offers a variety of books that are great for the new and soon to be hobbyists. Weather you're growing grapes for eating, or to make wine we've got a book for you! This book is called "The Backyard Vintner" by Jim Law. It is a comprehensive guide to at home wine making. This book teaches readers how to start and maintain a small vineyard.
February 12th, 2013 This photo was also taken in the greenhouse. The orange coils in the photo may look similar to those you saw in yesterdays posting. They are used for a similar purpose and do have water running through them. The coils actually run beneath the concrete pad and serve as a heater beneath the plants and cuttings being grown in the greenhouse. The water is heated by the wood burning boiler that was was pictured earlier this year.
June 3rd, 2013 This time of year owner Dennis Rak is rarely in the office as he is always out and about monitoring and coordinating the planting, spraying, and irrigating of our fields. However, today Dennis was planting a vineyard other than his own. Here, Dennis and two corporate Welch's employees are installing a vineyard outside of their new headquarters in Concord, MA. These vines made the trip to Massachusetts from Fredonia, NY where they were started in our green house from cuttings.
September 27th, 2012 Here is the wood after having been stacked for the winter. At about 8 ft high by 12 foot wide double stacks we are looking at about 2 years worth of firewood to heat our green house. We like to keep our green house around 80 degrees. We use the greenhouse to propagate varieties that are in high demand or that we have a shortage of propagation material for. We can usually start with a one or two bud cuttings rather than the five-bud cutting we use in the field.
March 20th, 2013 Today's picture is of a solo vine planted in a gallon size pot. This vine is one of our new variaties that is in limited supply for this year. This is a "Higgins" grapevine - a muscadine variety. We will be growing these from tissue culture so beginning stages will always take place in our green house. "Higgins" is one of three muscadines we will have available. It is a female muscadine with pink fruit.
March 31st, 2013 The planter isn’t the only new toy we got this year. We’ve also purchased an attachment that will assist in the efficiency of pulling up our black plastic that lays overtop of the raised beds. Since the plastic easy binds up and clogs our digger ensuring that it is all up and out of the field is vital. Typically our crew pulls up the plastic as they go and we end up having to go back through our vineyards to clean up scrap plastic that blows around after digging.
January 17th, 2013 This week the grading team has been grading through mostly raspberry plants so we thought we would post a picture to show you what these look like in comparison to our grape vines. Note that the root system is much different. Also, it important to realize that the raspberry plants we grow are field grown for 2 years prior to your receiving them. The three sizes shown here are as follows: From left to right this picture shows a transplant, a sucker, and a plant back.
January 23rd, 2013 23 years ago we began as a small start up nursery working out of a small office in the confines of our own home. The very first year we were in business we had 11 total orders, all of which Dennis (co-owner of Double A) knew by heart. Two days ago on January 21st, Double A Vineyards hit a major milestone. 23 years in business 50+ dedicated employees 16 farms and nearly 1000 acres later.... Double A Vineyards hit 50,000 ORDERS!
October 6th, 2012 It's Fall in our vineyards. Our grapes have been picked and the vines have weathered another harvest season. Though they are ready to head into a nice long dormancy period, they give us one last bit of enjoyment by developing a beautiful fall color pallet, perfect for viewing over a nice glass of juice or wine made from their fruitful bearings. Here are our Thomcord vines heading into dormancy. This year grapes ripened and picked early and are going dormant earlier than…
April 13th, 2013, Today's photo is one taken by Double A Vineyards' customer and loyal facebook fan Agostino Cristiano. He has been kind enough to share with us the hard work they've been putting into a vineyard they are planting to fulfill a 70 year old man's dreams. By clicking the link below you can take a look through a photo essay he has put together to show us the progress of their project.
February 6th, 2013 As many of you may have noticed if you read our newsletter that showcased this years trade show line up, we try to have a presence in as many locations as possible. While Dennis and Sue are in Phoenix out viticulturist Rick Dunst and marketing specialist Danielle Huber headed off to Rochester, NY. For the next few days we will be representing Double A Vineyards at Viticulture 2013. Rick will also be giving a talk at the conference!
March 13th, 2013 As if it weren't hectic enough back at the warehouse, two of Double A's "main men" hit the road again. Owner Dennis Rak and Viticulturist Rick Dunst flew out earlier this week to represent Double A Vineyards at this years Wineries Unlimited Tradeshow. This years show took place in Richmond, VA at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. This duo is certainly a wealth of knowledge and are sure to impress you with their experience and devotion to the industry.