Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 Vineyard Acquisitions

Another successful picnic day and I've added three new members to the vineyard family this year.
This year the varietals added were Sauvignon Blanc, Mission, and Autumn Royal.

Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape which make "crisp, tropical" wines. It's very popular in the states and is grown heavily in New Zealand.

Mission is a variety which was brought to the New World to make wines for religious ceremonies. Should be interesting to see what kind of grape it is as information I found online indicated it could be either a white or a red grape.

Autumn Royal is a red seedless grape that produces table grapes. The size of the fruit is naturally is above 8 grams, larger than the standard table grape. This may make some interesting wine, but it will at least be a tasty snack.
Transplanted in the vines in the standard orange bucket. I describe that process in this post. Now up to 15 total vines!
As for the other vines, I'm seeing a considerable amount of clusters following the trimming I did last winter.
The vines looking the best this year so far in terms of cluster count are the Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Grenache Noir, Symphony, and Syrah.
The Syrah plant which produced the most last year was not looking as strong, but it still is showing some clusters. It must not have taken the uprooting well.

The Agilicano which had yet to produce is showing quite a few clusters. It'll be exciting to get fruit from that plant as wines from that varietal are hard to find.
It'll be interesting to see if I am able to produce more than the partial mason jar that I had last year. A few months to go!

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