Bloom has begun in eastern Washington. Sagemoor Vineyards reports bloom occurring in their Chardonnay at Weinbau Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope and at Sagemoor Vineyard in the Columbia Valley’s to-be-approved White Bluffs appellation.

The first signs of bloom started at these sites on May 17th. Notably, Weinbau is classically a week behind Sagemoor but not so this year. In 2017 – which had a cool start – bloom occurred 10 days later at Sagemoor. In 2016 – which had an extremely warm start – bloom started in Chardonnay at Sagemoor on May 5th. See other recent bloom dates here.

Picture and information courtesy of Sagemoor Vineyards.