Bud Break refers to the awakening of the grapevines from being in dormancy for several months. During the Winter months, it’s critical to prune back the vines enough to promote good growth into the next year. Light green buds start to form and swell on the pruned vines, which is the first stage of producing grapes. Light green colored buds open up typically in April, which is also a very delicate time of year because in Virginia, we can see frost in May. Vineyard crews keep a very close eye on the buds this time of year and protect them from the frost. Flowering and fruit set will come next and it’s such a pretty time to visit your local wineries to see how the vines are shaping up!