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With six generations of farming under our belts, you might think the excitement of the growing season would be gone by now. Definitely not the case around here! Each year brings new challenges, new opportunities and yet another chance to renew our commitment to sustainability. We hope to be around for another six generations, of course!
The Bogle Family & Staff
Ever drive through wine country and wonder why some vineyards have grass covering some rows and just dirt running down others? There’s a good reason for that, says 6th generation farmer Warren Bogle. “Using a cover crop is just one way we sustainably farm our vines,” he says. “If quality in the bottle is what we want, then it all has to start in the vineyard.”
Every vineyard, every grape type, every location is different, of course. And for Warren, who will see his 19th harvest this fall, that means knowing and understanding 1,600 acres of wine grapes. The grass you see growing down some of the rows is called a “cover crop” and can actually be one of dozens of different types of plants. Selecting the right cover crop depends on what the vineyard needs.
“One of the main purposes of using a cover crop is to adjust vine vigor,” explains Bogle viticulturalist Bibiana Guerra, “vines can grow too much, producing grapes that are not as concentrated or flavorful as we want. Cover crops compete with the vines and use nutrients and water that the vines would otherwise soak up. This helps us manage the vine growth and the quality of the grapes.”
“On the other hand,” Warren says, “sometimes you want to improve soil texture or composition, so for instance, you would plant a cover crop that might impart nitrogen into the soil.” Discing the cover crop under at the end of the season also helps, by adding organic matter to the soil like mulch. “Every field needs something different, and not only does that change from variety to variety, but year to year as well.”
Fine tuning this has taken many years, but the family has been using cover crops since the very beginning, even if unknowingly. There is a tale that involves the first 10 acres of Chenin Blanc and Petite Sirah planted in 1968. The 3rd generation farmer, Warren Bogle, apparently didn’t like the idea of waiting around three years for grapes to grow and be harvested from the vines, so he planted corn in between the rows of wine grapes. He did this so he could harvest something off the land while he waited for the grapes to mature. Unfortunately, we don’t have a picture of that first cover crop, but we sure wish we did!
We love summertime, and it is even more fun with this crisp and refreshing blush of a wine!
Available at our tasting room in Clarksburg and select locations starting in mid-May:
Wine Club Release: May 16th
General Release: June 1st
To order, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916/744-1092.
It’s time for Bogle to catch up with the rest of the world…we will now be using the website Eventbrite.com to manage our events, both free and ticketed.
While some of our events are held for Bandwagon members only and others are open to the public, Eventbrite.com will handle all ticket sales and registrations.* Bandwagon members will be emailed promo codes to discount their tickets. As always, tickets for an event go on sale one month prior to the event date. If you have any difficulty using the site, please let us know, but we have found it to be pretty darn easy!
For many of our events, we have a limited amount of space in which to ensure the safety and enjoyment of our guests. Our goal is to host many different types of events each year, appealing to a wide range of folks and their interests. Thank you for your understanding.
*One exception, our Friday Alfresco concert series tickets are only sold at the door.