The vineyard is still safely dormant, but our flock is growing. It's lambing season, and we've turned our sheep barn into a nursery. In the manner of new parents everywhere, I'll share a few baby photos because I can't help but think you'll agree that they're irresistibly cute.
First, we welcomed a little girl we named Molly after soliciting receiving an amazing 176 suggestions on our Facebook page:
Next, a boy we named Luis after Shawn Luis Dugan, who left us a week ago to pursue his love of flying after two years in the tasting room, cellar and, most recently, heading up our animal program:
And yesterday, we got twin girls, as yet unnamed:
These sheep will join our grazing herd, which is already hard at work chewing down our cover crop, fertilizing the vineyard block they're in, and mixing everything around with their hooves. We move the flock around to different acre-and-a-half sections every week or so, and keep them together and safe with a movable, lightweight electric fence.
Meanwhile, if you're coming out to the winery, take a look down at the stone lambing barn just below the winery. You'll likely see, and definitely hear, one of our new kids.