Southbrook Winemaker Ann Sperling gives us a tour of the vineyards after the 2014 harvest.

In the first few months of 2014 the vineyards of Niagara took a serious beating at the hands of Mother Nature. Days and days of sub-minus 15 temperatures battered many vines into submission, and winter kill/injury was endemic all across the region, leading to substantially lower crops at harvest.

At Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Winemaker Ann Sperling, along with her longtime Vineyard Manager Scott Jones, had to make some pretty serious decisions…

Last week, on what was seemed to be the windiest day of the year thus far, Ann took us on a tour of her biodynamically farmed vines to show us what Southbrook had done to weather the storm and, perhaps more importantly, prepare the vineyards for the winters ahead.


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Jamie DrummondEdinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And that wind was crazy!