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This profile was last updated on 6/27/13  and contains information from public web pages.


La Prenda Vineyards Management

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  • agricultural degree
  • Sonoma High School
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"I went down to the Black ..., 27 June 2013 [cached]
"I went down to the Black Bear Diner for breakfast and saw half the growers in town there," laughed Ned Hill, of La Prenda Vineyards Management, on Tuesday as he waited out the weather. "We're not able to be out in the fields where we need to be, which is just putting us behind. It's no good."
June is putting some growers behind in a season that's generally been ahead of schedule - Hill estimates this year's crop is about a month earlier than last year.
"Everybody's been asking me what I make of this weather and I just don't know," Hill said. "I'm not sure what it's going to mean, aside from the fact that we won't be able to get the work done we need to do."
What he does know is that it's not ideal. The grapes are already forming small clusters, which stand the risk of succumbing to botrytis if they can't dry out in time. He's particularly concerned for his chardonnay and pinot vines, which produce more compact clusters that are more susceptible to disease. Complicating the process is the leafy canopy that covers the vines during the summer, which can hold in water and prevent the wind from drying out the clusters.
"This isn't like working with rain in the winter, you've got a full canopy full of water," Hill said. He explained that some growers may cut back their canopies to allow the air to move more freely through the vines, but he's been burned - literally - by that method before.
"I don't know, we're going to have to be carful no matter what we do," Hill said.
Hill said he wouldn't know until next week the results of this week's rains, but plans to keep a close eye on his fruit until then.
"We're going to have to do some careful checking to see how this rain really affected us," he said.
"Things are rolling right along," said ..., 19 July 2012 [cached]
"Things are rolling right along," said Ned Hill owner of La Prenda Vineyards Management, who oversees fields all across the Valley.
"The last few years have been tough," Hill said of the growing conditions.
This season is shaping up to be a much easier ride than recent years. March and April provided just enough rain to satiate the grapes, while May, June and July were just warm enough, without any of the heat snaps that literally cooked fruit on the vine two summers ago. Growers briefly held their breath on Tuesday when the misty morning grew into a slight drizzle, but the sun was there to dry everything out by Wednesday.
"We could use a bit more wind to really dry everything out so we don't have to worry about botrytis," Hill said on Wednesday. "But overall we're having a nice day today - it's warm, it's dry."
Hill said, based on current growing conditions, he thinks harvest of sparkling winegrapes will begin in late August. "It appears we're going to be a week to 10 days ahead of where we normally are, although I don't even know what normal is anymore," he joked.
Frey and Hill agreed the yield this year looks about average, but prices and demand are up across the board this season.
But a smart grower will be very careful doing that," Hill said, cautioning that it's important to him to keep clients long-term with fair prices.
Vineyard manager Ned Hill, ..., 23 Aug 2011 [cached]
Vineyard manager Ned Hill, co-founder of La Prenda Vineyard Management, grew up on the nearby Durrell Ranch and has worked in the wine industry his entire life. With his wife, he farms more than 500 acres in Sonoma.
SVVGA - About Us, 9 Mar 2006 [cached]
Past President - Ned Hill - Parmelee - Hill Vineyards
VOMDES Past Events [cached]
June 9, 2005 Guest Speaker: Ned Hill, President of Parmelee-Hill Vineyard, shared his significant experience in vineyard management as it relates to small vineyards.The company manages 350 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel grapes all in Sonoma Valley.Ned is the past President of the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance.Mr. Ned Hill discussed the problems that vineyard owners are facing this year due to the excessive rains.Botrytis being the main problem in Chardonnay and Pinot because the clusters are more formed and canopies are full.He said it was the first time they have used helicopters to dry fields.Another problem is the weed growth as the ground has been so wet making it almost impossible to use equipment.The philosophy has been to let the weeds grow, as they will help absorb the ground water.Ned also discussed the controversy between growers and wineries as to the demand for longer hang times and the problems that creates for growers.
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