As 2012 comes to an end, we are completing the 2012 planting season at the vineyards. Over 80 acres were planted and are now progressing nicely and under close watch by our vineyard management team.
Wondering what planting involves, exactly?
Here is The Vines’ process for growing great grapes:
1) The trellis system and built and the irrigation system is installed and tested.
2) The plants are submerged completely for 24 hours before planting to rehydrate the plant. This procedure helps to activate cells and tissues that are dormant, and we eliminate any soluble growth inhibitor.
3) Once done, we use slight finger pressure to be sure the graft is securely attached to the rootstock. Note: It is very important to dig a large enough hole to accommodate roots, trying not to strangle them, to be sure they grow healthy.
And with that, the planting process is complete, and vine management begins.
Members of our team dig as many as 600 holes a day depending on soil conditions. The Uco Valley soil requires a bit more muscle power than other areas due to the rocky soil.
Our team is thrilled to have the 2012 planting season – our sixth – completed. These vines are on their way to becoming amazing wines! We will keep you updated how these vines progress.
Francisco Evangelista is The Vines’ Chief Agronomist, and has been involved with the planting of all our vines – since our first planting season. He provides just as much dedication to tasting the end product.