As the sun sets on the fall season and cold air blows in, the vineyard prepares for it’s winter nap. That is when things kick into high gear. After the new year begins, so do preparations for the new season. That means every vine is inspected and pruned for the coming harvest. Then the Olives. Olives are evergreen so we need to take special precautions to protect them from the occasional harsh days the high desert can bring. They will be prepped for the winter and pruned for olive harvest 2022. Hopefully, this will be our first year with enough olives to press our first olive oil. Fingers crossed. Finally, the lavender, which is also evergreen, will be pruned and shaped to prepare for the coming season. So it might seem that there is not much going on during the winter months at Rhumb Line Vineyard and Lavender Farm, but now you know the truth: Busy, busy, busy. Still a wonderful time to visit and escape. The wineries and vineyards are open and it is a good time to sample new vintages. The birds have returned. It is the perfect time to explore the mountains and everything SE Arizona has to offer. Reserve your stay at the “Huts,” and you can be right in the heart of it all!
Featured in Phoenix Magazine, September issue, 8 Perfect Places in Arizona, which features the Willcox Bench as numero uno!