Thursday, November 10, 2022


Here is the current state of the next vineyard parcel to be dug out and replanted in the coming couple of years. The top guide wires have all been removed and the vines are getting pruned down to their stumps. Once the pruning is done, I expect the lower guide wires to go and the posts to be removed. Then, I think, the tractors will dig up the trunks and they'll get piled up to be burned at some point. After all that, the parcel will be left fallow for at least a year before it's replanted.

The pruning is still going on. What was cut is lined up between the rows and will probably be ground into mulch.

Other parcels are in the fallow stage right now and the one closest to us will likely be replanted next spring, according to one of the guys who works out there. We've seen several parcels dug up and replanted over the twenty years we've been here. It's nice to watch the new vines grow and mature.


  1. Perhaps you've mentioned this before but are these locally grown grapes used for mass wine bottling or are they special enough to make a number of individually labelled bottles?

  2. I enjoy these processes you share every year. And your photos are always so artful.

  3. It's great that you know all about growing grapes now.

  4. Maybe a vineyard is an answer to what to do when those apple trees are gone...

  5. andrew, I'm not sure what you mean by mass bottling... most wineries around us have their own labels and many produce AOC (now AOP) wines.

    mitch, I've learned a lot about grape growing. Not enough to actually do it, but enough to understand things a little better.

    evelyn, ha! I'm sure I don't know ALL about grape growing!

    mary, we may be able to grow enough for 1 bottle's worth. Maybe 2. LOL!


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