Vineyard Design – Row Orientation, Row and Vine Spacing, and Trellis Height

Once an appropriate variety and rootstock are chosen for a site, vineyard design becomes an important consideration that will affect the performance of the vineyard for its lifetime. Considerations include row orientation, vine spacing between rows and within the row, and trellis height. Row Orientation The optimum orientation of vineyard rows is north to south …

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Establishing a New Vineyard

  Rick Dunst, Viticulturist, Double A Vineyards, Inc.   Spring has sprung (albeit 3-4 weeks early in Western New York) and Double A Vineyards has begun shipping vines to our customers in warmer climates.  This month’s article will cover the basics of pre-plant land preparation, how to handle vines once you receive them, methods of …

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Grapevine Pruning with an Emphasis on Vineyard Establishment

  Entire textbooks (or chapters of textbooks, anyway) have been devoted to the topic of pruning, training, and trellising grapevines.  This article will provide a brief overview of the main concepts of pruning grapevines, with emphasis on pruning during vineyard establishment. Dormant grapevine pruning during vineyard establishment is performed annually with two main goals in …

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