Back in the Vineyard

Vineyard Pomeranian Dallas helps rough prune

Late winter and early spring is a busy time in the vineyard. As the weather warms up, buds on the vines begin to swell and the race is on! It can be a challenge to have everything pruned and ready to go by bud break, especially in a warm year like this one. Our vines are still very young and aren’t much trouble.  The 2011 plantings were pruned down to two or three buds for the sake of uniformity.  These will be interspersed with new plantings in April, so we’ve still got a few years until our grapes really come into their own.

Front row of pruned vines with unpruned vines in the background

Our little test block of Petit Manseng, however, was planted in 2010 and lovingly hand watered all summer. This year its ready to be trained along the cordon wire. The new shoots will grow straight up towards the top (catch) wires, in the Vertical Shoot Position (VSP) trellis system.  

Diagram of Vertical Shoot Positioning via www.netlinenetting.com.au

Our vines are densely spaced – 1 meter between vines, 7.5 feet between rows. Our vineyard consultant Lucie Morton advocates this type of layout, especially in high vigor areas like ours – it helps to stress the plants a bit which in theory yields better grapes. We’ll also be cane pruning, which means laying down a new branch on either side of the vine each year while cutting the old ones off.

Lucie’s dog Randy is not impressed with our vineyard..

Now all that’s left is to wait for bud break and hope for no late frosts!

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