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Grapevine support

Postby tonyhibbett » Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:55

My neighbour was concerned that my grapevine was directly attached to his wooden fence, so I decided to do a proper job. 3 x 50 x 50 mm metposts at 4 metre intervals, 3 x 50 x 50 mm x 2.4 m posts cut to 6ft and capped, 2 x ground anchors at both ends, secured with 3 mm galvanised wire across the tops of the posts, with staples, a single wire at 3 ft, doubles at 4 and 5 ft, 3 packs of 6 x 2 m netting secured with twist ties along top wire (both sides) and wire ground pegs, 8 x 0.5 m length of weed control fabric covered with 2 x 50 litre bags of bark chips. A total of 70 metres of wire was required. It took about 7 hours to complete at a cost of £40. The vine (Riesling) spans 6 metres and is 5 years old, and has 75 bunches of healthy grapes. At most I might get 5 bottles of rather expensive wine!
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Re: Grapevine support

Postby Rolfster » Mon Aug 22, 2016 08:36

Sounds like hard work! And something you should show off!!
Where are the pictures?
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Re: Grapevine support

Postby tonyhibbett » Wed Aug 24, 2016 08:51

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I shrank the file and copied the photo to onedrive (Microfoft cloud) on my pc.
This is half of the structure. The fruiting part spans 5 metres. In a vineyard there would be up to 6 vines in an 8 metre row.
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Re: Grapevine support

Postby Crastney » Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:49

wow - impressive stuff!

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Re: Grapevine support

Postby Rolfster » Fri Aug 26, 2016 07:38

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Re: Grapevine support

Postby tonyhibbett » Sat Oct 08, 2016 14:50

I decided to harvest as the weather has been decidedly cooler for some time. Compared with a pergola and my primitive archway, harvesting was a joy, with minimal bending and stretching. The netting was 100% effective. I made a simple hook to hang a bag on the wire, sliding it along as I progressed. 90 bunches yielded 5.75 kilos, which in turn produced 3.5 litres of juice after crushing and pressing twice. The sugar content was low (sg 1040) but the acidity was ok at pH 3.3, suggesting that the grapes were as ripe as they were likely to get, given the poor growing season. I added 375 g of sugar to raise the sg to 1090, slightly increasing the volume. So after 5 years, about 5 bottles at a cost of £10 each is wildly unimpressive economically! However, if I get the same yield next year, this drops to £5 per bottle, and so on.
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Re: Grapevine support

Postby tonyhibbett » Wed Nov 09, 2016 13:03

The Riesling is now clear and the flavour is excellent. It's the first pure Riesling I've made. Previously I bulked it out with apple juice due to low yield. Hopefully I won't have to do that any more. The apple Riesling has its merits, but the pure stuff is far superior.
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