In the coming weeks, our home farm will welcome another addition of Riesling and Pinot Noir vines. This past weekend, Rick and James spent their time installing drain tiles throughout the vineyard where the next phase of planting will occur. By "tiling" or adding drain tiles, any excess subsurface water from the rising of the water table will be redirected through the pipe/drain system and moved away from the vineyard. It's a necessary undertaking in a region such as the Finger Lakes, which experiences somewhat significant rainfall in various years.
During the dig, we unearthed quite a bit of shale and blue clay - a combination that will make Pinot Noir especially happy.