I came home from California last weekend. I brought a few of the chardonnay vines that I rescued. Time to build a chardonnay trellis, which is different than the design I’ll use for the concord and muscadine.
I wanted to get the grape vines planted so that they’ll be somewhat established before winter.
I don’t have the correct posts and wire but I need to train the vines. Here’s some improvisation with t-posts and fastener wire (baling wire) to build a temporary chardonnay trellis.
I drove two t-posts into the ground and ran wire at intervals.
I wanted the vines 6 feet apart. I’ve seen vineyard where the vines were 3 feet apart and other vineyards that had a 10 foot separation. I want to use vineyard space efficiently. Hopefully the vines won’t be too close together.
I started the first hole 3 feet from the post. I measured 6 feet from there and dug another hole. Repeated the measuring and digging. You get the idea.
I filled the holes with water and planted the vines. I added the sticks to train them. I secured the sticks to the wires (with more wire). Lastly, I used twist-ties to secure the vines to the sticks. The ties are loose.
I’m asking around for vineyard suppliers in the Pacific Northwest. Let me know if you know a good one!
I’m looking for the vineyard posts used for vigorous vinifera. They’re metal and wide, with slots on each side.