Cornell University – Vineyard Site Selection
Vineyards are a long-term investment. Choosing an appropriate site for your vineyard is the single most important factor determining its economic success or failure. Success depends on choosing a site with appropriate climate, topography and soil characteristics. New York’s variable climate, topography and soils limit where grapes can be grown, and what varieties are suitable for which sites.
A detailed discussion of factors affecting site suitability can be found at Basics of Vineyard Site Evaluation and Selection, a part the New York Vineyard Site Evaluation System, an interactive, map-based site selection web site.
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