Miscellaneous grape and vineyard info

Here on John's sustainable 2.5 acre hobby farm, we've decided to put grapes on about 2/3 of an acre. The 62 post holes were drilled this morning in less than an hour for $100. Best $100 you'll ever spend! If you don't believe me, just try digging ONE 12" wide by 30" deep hole in rocky ground with hand tools. I "double-dog" dare ya!

The pictures (click on them for enlargements) are from a California vineyard (Game Ranch), and demonstrate the perfect soil for growing grapes: rocky and well drained. That's pretty much exactly what is on the 2/3 acre grape plot: smooth river rock (aka "pit run") mixed in with sandy, good draining soil. So we set out on our adventure with optimism that our soil is naturally grape-friendly!

(NOTE: Much of the information I have gathered came from videos posted on YouTube, per Rick Castelli's advice. So, here you can see for yourself the type of "how to" information which is available on YouTube.)

Anyway, what I decided to do was use this blog as a gathering place for all my grape and vineyard related information, until I have finished the project, and then finish the blog about it, sharing what I have learned during the course of the project. So, for a few weeks at least, this particular "blog" is going to be a virtual hodgepodge of grape stuff. Please bear with me. I'll work on organizing it.

Under construction . . .

The Winemakers: V1-E1: Introducing Nick Goldschmidt - YouTube video - Nick Goldschmidt has a most impressive resume. Headquarters for his vineyards is GoldSchmidt Vineyards, P.O. Box 1639 Healdsburg, CA 95448 USA.


The Winemakers, V1-E2: In The Vineyard - Vine Layout - YouTube video


Laying Out A Vineyard Part 1 - YouTube video


The Winemakers, V1-E3: In The Vineyard - Vineyard Farming - YouTube video


The birth of a vineyard in Walla Walla part 1 - YouTube video


The birth of a vineyard in Walla Walla part 2 - YouTube video


The Winemakers, V1-E4: In The Vineyard - Vineyard Irrigation - YouTube video


Drip Irrigation at Madrigal Vineyards - YouTube video


Training Vines - YouTube video


Training Vines Part 2 - YouTube video


Pellenc AP25 Battery Powered Tying Machine - at Orchard Valley Supply, Inc.

DURATOOL J99/J919 Tapetool (Tape Gun)

TIEFIX-HD semiautomatic tying pliers - Check out users manual.


Grape Vine Grafting Part 1 - YouTube video


Grape Vine Grafting Part 2 - YouTube video


How to Prune a Wine Grape Vine (Spur Pruning) - 1 of 5 - YouTube video


How to Prune a Wine Grape Vine (Spur Pruning) - 2 of 5 - YouTube video


How to Prune a Wine Grape Vine (Spur Pruning) - 3 of 5 - YouTube video


How to Prune a Wine Grape Vine (Spur Pruning) - 4 of 5 - YouTube video


How to Prune a Wine Grape Vine (Spur Pruning) - 5 of 5 - YouTube video


How To Prune Grapes: Cane Type - YouTube video


Pruning of Concord Grape Vines - YouTube video


Basic Principles of Pruning Backyard Grapevines (pdf)

Methods of Crop Estimation In Grapes (pdf)

The Winemakers, V1-E5: Ripeness and Picking Decisions - YouTube video


The Winemakers V1-E6: White Wine Style - YouTube video


The Winemakers V1-E7, Field Selection and Clones - YouTube video


The Winemakers V1-E8: Red Wine Style - YouTube video


The Winemakers V1-E9: Site Specific Wine Making - YouTube video


The Winemakers V1-E10: Site Specific Wine Making - Extraction - YouTube video


The Winemakers V1-E11: Yeast and Malolactic Fermentation - YouTube video


The Winemakers V1-12: Closures - YouTube video


The Winemakers V1-13: Red Fermentation - YouTube video


The Winemakers V1- E14: Southern Hemisphere Vin - YouTube video


Talk with Napa Sustainable Winegrowing Group Part 1 (of 5) - YouTube video - NSWG website.

Talk with Napa Sustainable Winegrowing Group Part 2 (of 5) - YouTube video

Talk with Napa Sustainable Winegrowing Group Part 3 (of 5) - YouTube video

Talk with Napa Sustainable Winegrowing Group Part 4 (of 5) - YouTube video

Talk with Napa Sustainable Winegrowing Group Part 5 (of 5) - YouTube video

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