Having a look around the vineyard on May 19th I see that some of the grapes are budding out and others are on there way. We are a few days later than normal but a few days earlier than last year. Again, the Ravat 34 looks great, approximately 90-95% bud survival (photo below). The Leon Millot shows some winter damage with some vines showing bud survival between 40% and 70%. The Castel is looking great, excellent bud survival and emergence given they are just coming into their second year. The Agria died back to the ground again and I've pulled it out. It is clear that the conditions at my site are less than optimal for this variety. The Ortega is doing a bit better with some bud survival and the Regent is similar perhaps even a bit better. Of the blattners the Petite Milo looks the best, with about 50% bud survival, the Cab Foch and Cab Libre pretty much died back to the ground. Some of the Acadie are beginning to bud out however, as these were planted in the fall, I expect most of this years growth to be new shoots from the base of the plants.