Know Your Vines – Cabernet Sauvignon

We’ve already covered to white wine grapes, and now it’s time to move on to something darker. How about a nice Cabernet Sauvignon?


Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the last vines to break bud and start growing, and also last in line for harvest. It makes up for this late start with lots of vigorous growth all season long. Cabernet Sauvignon needs a lot of upkeep to maintain an orderly canopy.

Strategic leaf removal is critical as the fruit matures for one important reason; taste. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes need abundant sunlight to create the wonderfully complex flavors present in the wine. No sun, no flavor. Additionally, if there are too many leaves too close to the grapes, they will actually impart some of their own flavor to the grapes. No one wants to taste leaf in their wine, so keeping the grapes free and clear of leaves is extremely important.

The grapes themselves are a dark bluish-purple, in large loose clusters. Once the grapes are harvested, we bottle them as Cabernet Sauvignon, and blend them into Hawk Haven’s Red Table Wine and our new Quill.

Comments on ‘Know Your Vines – Cabernet Sauvignon’:

  1. I live in Las Vegas, NV and have 4 cabernet plants on the side of the house, in the past few years I have had grapes. This year I dont have any. Do you know what might of happened.
    Thank you
    Denise Wonders

    1. Oh boy Denise, The growing conditions are so different from here to Vegas. Have you done any maintenance to the vines? Pruning? Trellesing? Spraying? If not, that could be why. Grape vines require A LOT of maintenance. Let me know what you’ve done and maybe we can figure out where to start improving. . . -Todd Wuerker

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