July 11, 2005
Began tying vines today. Not a difficult chore, but a bit tedious. Helps to have the MP3 player loaded up with some tunes to help keep boredom at bay. Essentially the drill is to walk each row and whenever you spot a vine that has either fallen off the bamboo stake, or has grown sideways instead of vertically you have to tie it back up to the stake. Using trellis strip (12" x 1/2" x 6mil plastic strips) you tie the vine up just tight enough so you can slip your finger through, which leaves enough room for the vine to grow to prevent girdling. I bought our strips from Midwest Vineyard Supply but they are available from numerous suppliers.
Progress is steady, and I'm finding out it takes anywhere from 15 to 25 per row depending on how many vines need tended. Spent about 4 hours and finished an acre of viognier. Will get to the cab franc next weekend!
Posted by Stephen at July 11, 2005 2:45 PM