Bud Break 2020

May 12, 2020

Snapshots from 2020’s bud breaks around the world.


Angels & Cowboys, Barnett Vineyards, Bridlewood Estate Winery, Dana Estate, Dry Creek Vineyard, E&J Gallo Winery, Eberle Winery, Edna Valley Vineyard, Flora Springs, J Vineyards, Ken Brown, Morgan Winery, Oak Ridge Winery, Pedroncelli Winery, Quady Winery, Silver Oak, Talbott Vineyards, TATE, Tooth & Nail Winery, Trefethen, Twomey and Vina Robles

Angels & Cowboys: Young shoot emerging in miniature and tiny leaves unfurling in the ‘popcorn’ stage in Dry Creek Valley. Petite Sirah component of our Angels & Cowboys Proprietary Red.

Angels & Cowboys bud break, petite sirah

Barnett Vineyards: Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley; Cabernet Sauvignon. Just the beginning of bud break up here at 2,000 ft elevation on Spring Mountain. Our vineyards are terraced on a 38° slope.

Barnett Vineyards, Spring Mountain bud break

Bridlewood Estate Winery: Zinfandel buds (St. George Clone) and Syrah buds from Block 7.

Bridlewood bud break Zinfandel
Bridlewood syrah bud break

Dana Estate has just started bud break. A little at Helms in Rutherford, some leaves out in the Lotus Petite Verdot and just a couple of buds in Crystal Springs vineyard.

Dana Estate_bud break

Dry Creek Vineyard While life all around us seems to have come to a screeching halt, Mother Nature reminds us that it will always regenerate and start new again.

Dry Creek Vineyard Alicante Bouschet bud break
Alicante Bouschet bud break
Dry Creek malbec bud break
Malbec bud break.

E&J Gallo Winery’s Monte Rosso Vineyard. Fun Fact: Louis M Martini and Orin Swift are sourced from this vineyard.

E&J Gallo's Monte Rosso bud break

Bud break is in full swing for Eberle Estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon. Planted in 1979 & still growing on their own roots.

Eberle's Cabernet bud break

New growth bursts forth at Edna Valley Vineyard‘s Block EV01 Chardonnay.

Edna Valley bud break.

Flora Springs: Cabernet Sauvignon buds (that will go into Trilogy) from the Komes Family Ranch estate vineyard located in the Rutherford sub-appellation.

Flora Springs Bud Break
Flora Springs bud break vineyard.

J Vineyards | Winemaker Nicole Hitchcock’s first sight of bud break was at the Eastside Knoll Vineyard located in RR Valley.

J Vineyards bud break

Hello Chardonnay! Bud break from Ken Brown’s Sanford & Benedict vineyard.

Ken Brown bud break

Morgan Winery | The timing of bud break was normal this year. The Chardonnay vines were budding out a week before the Pinot Noir which is typical behavior. The photos were from the Swan clone Pinot Noir at Double L Vineyard.

Morgan Bud Break

Oak Ridge Winery: This is taken from our newest vineyard of Chardonnay that will be harvested for the first time this year.

Oak Ridge bud break

Pedroncelli Winery: Bud break in our Mother Clone Zinfandel vineyard. Planted to Zinfandel since the early 1900s.

Pedroncelli Bud Break

Quady Winery: All of these are orange muscat vines which are located on our estate. They usually get harvested August-September.

Quady bud break main
Quady bud break left
Quady bud break right

Silver Oak’s estate Miraval Vineyard in Alexander Valley filled with the beautiful and relentless energy of spring.

Silver Oak Bud Break

Pinot Noir sprung to life in Twomey’s Healdsburg Estate Vineyard.

Twomey Pinot Noir bud break

Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Block 4. This season of rebirth is an exciting and special time for Talbott Vineyards as our 2020 harvest begins its annual growth cycle. Cheers to another successful season of distinguished winemaking.

Talbott Vineyards bud break

TATE: A sign of great things to come! We are a few weeks behind the Napa Valley floor up above the fog at our Jack’s Vineyard on Howell Mountain but already we are anticipating another fantastic vintage from our Cabernet Sauvignon vines…stay tuned for October 2020!

Tate bud break

Tooth & Nail Winery: Chardonnay vines from Murmur Vineyard located in the South Western portion of the Santa Maria AVA, 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Tooth & Nail bud break
Tooth & Nail bud break

Chardonnay vines planted in 2018 at Trefethen Family Vineyards in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Warmer temperatures in February likely spurred the early bud break, which began with the younger vines.

Trefethen bud break

Vina Robles: A shot from Huerhuero Vineyard. The Viognier has achieved bud break, vintage 2020 is off and running!

Vina Robles bud break


RoseRock and Domaine Drouhin Oregon

Over at Roserock in the Eola-Amity Hills, our Chardonnay is about 2% of the way through bud break and still sitting at 0% for the Pinot Noir.

RoseRock bud break

Domaine Drouhin Oregon, has one lower elevation block of Chardonnay that is already at 50% through bud break, which is far ahead of everything else on the Dundee Hills estate.

Domaine Drouhin Oregon bud break


Dusted Valley

Dusted Valley: The Sconni Block Estate Vineyard Cab Franc is moving right through bud break.

Dusted Valley bud break


Champagne Bruno Paillard, Château de Campuget, Château Laujac,
Domaine de Cala, Domaine de Cristia

Champagne Bruno Paillard: Chardonnay bud break has now spread over most of the eastward-facing Côte des Blancs. The young vines are pruned last in order to protect them as much as possible from the frequent spring frosts in Champagne (about -2 °F this morning!).

Champagne Bruno Paillard bud break

The start of spring at Château Laujac Family Estate in Medoc, France. At Laujac, the culture of the vine is both traditional and innovative; it changes according to the different climatic conditions and soils.

Chateau Laujac_bud break

“A quite early bud break due to a very mild winter. But the vines look happy with this gorgeous spring. This alive nature remind us she is stronger than anything. And we need her strength!” – Franck-Lin Dalle, winemaker of Château de Campuget

Campuget Bud Break sunset
Campuget Bud Break
Campuget Bud Break

The work in the vineyard continues as Grenache buds at  Domaine de Cristia.

Domaine Cristia bud break
Domaine Cristia bud break

Domaine de Cala parcels soaking in the spring sun in Brignoles, in the heart of Provence. AOP Côteaux Varois Grenache grapes.

Domaine de Cala bud break
Domaine de Cala bud break
Domaine de Cala bud break


Abbazia di Novacella and Bortolomiol

Abbazia di Novacella: This week in the warmest spots of the vineyards (close to the supporting walls) bud break began. The pictures were captured today (April 9). It is quite early, and we are a little bit afraid as in the second half of April we often have frost. At the moment, temperatures get up as high as 74 °F and so everything goes very fast and by the end of next week all of our vineyards should be in the bud break stage.

Abbazia di Novacella_bud break
Abbazia di Novacella_bud break

Bortolomiol: While society is experiencing a particular moment where everything seems to have stopped, our vineyards come back to life. Here, in fact, in the appellation of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, thanks to the mild temperature of these weeks, the first buds have sprung. An excellent sign of recovery, now we await the first leaves in the coming days. In any case, it’s official: spring is here!

Bortolomiol_bud break

More bud breaks from around the world!

The magic of bud break at W&J Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos. Nature doing its work while we’re at home.


Just look at Belasco de Baquedano’s 113-year-old Malbec vines bud break all the way from Argentina!

Belasco bud break

Yarden: Spring has arrived at Baron Vineyard in Golan Heights Winery in Israel.

Yarden bud break
Yarden bud break
Yarden bud break
Yarden bud break

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