Archive for June, 2010

Growing Grapes in the Willamette Valley

June 27th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

We are having great weather for bloom and fruit set in the grape growing days of summer in the Willamette Valley. Temperatures are perfect and we are getting plenty of sunshine. The vines look very healthy even though they are about 4 weeks behind in development so far. How that plays out by harvest time? Who knows. It is a long summer and a lot of good things (and not so good) can happen.

Cheers to another great year on the Hill!

June 25th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

The vines are growing, the flowers are blooming, and the ground is drying here on Youngberg Hill in Oregon wine country. The sky is clear, the moon is full, and the warm nights are glorious.

There is plenty going on as we are shoot positioning, raising catch wires, weed hoeing, suckering, and spraying. We went up to Dave and Robin Grooter’s vineyard last night and had a wonderful dinner up on their spectacular hill where grapes are grown for their Carlton Cellars wines.

Our guests are enjoying these beautiful days of serenity on the hill, enjoying our estate grown wines, and marveling at the views from Mt Hood to the coast.

Summer is here.

June 21st, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

What a beautiful day for Christina and James had at Youngberg Hill!

Equestrian Wine Tours did an amazing job taking brides on fairytale trip to the altar.

Father’s Day was brought up many tasters to celebrate the day.  Who wouldn’t want to be spoiled with great wines & views to look at!


June 20th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

To all those Dads that gave all they could to help us be as good as we could be.

Hard at work in Oregon Wine Country

June 17th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

It’s that time of year in Oregon Wine Country at Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn. The vines are growing an inch a day! We are hoeing the weeds and grass out of the rows, raising catch wires and shoot positioning to manage the canopy, shoot continuing out spray program, and mowing the cover crop. The day started at 4:30 this morning and will end tonight at 9:00. It is great to have these long days of sunlight.

The guests are enjoying another leisurely day walking in the vineyard, wine tasting in the area, and enjoying great dinners in McMinnville. While there have been many rain showers around the valley the last couple of days, as usual, the  coastal breeze has kept us clear and full of sunshine. We have a wedding on Saturday and the weather promises to be perfect.

Oregon Pinot Noir Country

June 10th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

Life is beginning to quicken its steps in Oregon Pinot Noir Country. On Youngberg Hill we are taking the first steps towards canopy management with the raising of catch wires. We are also watching closely as bloom gets under way. The cooler rainy weather seems to be all but behind us and not only are we looking forward to sunshine, but warmer temperatures, which will get the vines growing double time. I think we have plenty of moisture to last through the season.

We are training the new vines in the Camelot block, tying them to pencil rods to develop the stalk. In the meantime, we are mowing the grasses and cover crops that seem somehow to grow five times as fast as the vines. And we are also hoeing between the plants to eliminate the weeds and grass in the row. Busy times on the farm.

Oregon Wine Country Wedding

June 7th, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

What a great day Saturday was.  We could only thank Mother Nature for creating such a great day.  We had a group of tasters visit and they enjoyed lunch in the vineyard.

Janet & Charles enjoyed a beautiful evening with family and friend celebrating their wedding.  We are blessed to have such wonderful people allowing us to be part of their happily ever after.

A great day for all!

Summer in Oregon Wine Country

June 2nd, 2010 by Nicolette Bailey

Now that the big Memorial Weekend in Oregon Wine Country has passed, summer begins in earnest here at Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn.

We have our first wedding of the season this coming weekend. We also have a wine tasting and tour event in the vineyard.

In the meantime, the vines are growing again after the cool spell and blooms are forming. It is time to start raising catch wires to train the young shoots.