Vineyard mid-April 2023

Wow!  Nothing like 2 inches of rain to make the grapevines grow.

The chardonnay vines are beginning to bloom.  Wine grape blossoms are nothing like beautiful cherry blossoms.  If you look very closely though, you can identify the pistil which is located in the center of the flower and shaped like a bowling ball.  The pistil is made up of three parts: the stigma, style, and ovary.  That is surrounded by anthers and filaments.  The pollen develops on the anther.  Wine grapes are self-pollinating, so they don’t need the help of insects to spread the pollen.

I hope you enjoy my picture!

chardonnay flowers

chardonnay flowers before forming fruit