Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Starting Over ... Growing a Vineyard

Starting over ...Pictured here is our very vigorous cover crop where the grapevines used to be. It has now been mowed down and will be tilled in to prepare for planting 450 Pinot Noir plants in a month or so. We will terrace the slope and put in stakes, so the vines will be trellised. The old vines were just too tired and unable to flourish after 4 years of drought, so a consultant recommended we start over. Pinot Noir does better in our area, so we chose to change to that variety. We are planting Uber vines, that are already established one year old vines. That will give us a head start on the grapes, so we could have a harvest in 2019 or 2020.