Grape Wine Holder

Growing Grapes

We have plenty of wild concord grapes on ourproperty. However, the insurance company doesn't approve of our harvesting methods so it'sprobably best to plant some cultivated grapes. When I cleared the land for the greenhouse,it left plenty of area to plant various fruit producing plants which don't need the greenhouseto thrive. Plus why waste the space just growing grassé Taking a look at my 3rd grade drawing skills,I'm going to set three 4x4x10' treated posts 34 feet into the ground and space them 24'apart. This will allow for 8 plants in the space. Then I'll string 12 gauge galvanizedwire starting with the first wire 4246quot; from

the ground, then space the other two 12quot; apart.The plants can be spaced 6' apart and over time the vines can be trained along the 3wires. I had planned to set the posts first in theevent that I hit any large rocks while digging, however I blew a seal on the backhoe and hadto find some parts for it. So I took my chances and put the plants in first. The row shouldgo in a straight line and a 100' tape measure works well for marking out the locations ofeach post and plant. Jamming a piece of survey's tape at each mark does the trick. We're goingoldschool and using a pickaxe and shovel and digging a hole about 1 foot deep. Luckilythere weren't any large rocks in the way just

a few roots and small stones that the pickaxewas able to pluck out. Later, looking at the post holes, you'll see why I didn't dig themby hand. Planting the vines is fairly easy. I got theseseedless concord grapes from Gurney's for half price. I just remove the fiber that'sused for keeping the roots damp, spread out the roots a bit, and set it in the hole sothat all the roots that emerge from the vine will be just below the finished level of thesoil. All the dirt that came out of the hole was hardpan so I filled it with nice organicsoil, then compacted it down, and gave it a really good watering. It also importantto cover the area with mulch to help maintain

the moisture in the soil until the roots canget established. These will get watered every day for a couple of weeks. The actual work of planting the vines is quick.It's the preparation of digging out the rocks that takes all the time. A 30 cent Oring and a day to dismantle andreassemble the valve assembly and the backhoe is running again. I can now install the postsfor the wire arbor. It may not be the fastest backhoe, but it beats digging through therock with a pick and shovel. The holes are dug to about 4 feet which will provide a deepenough anchor to prevent the posts from leaning

from the future weight of the vines. Someof the rocks that I pulled out where bigger than the hole. If I had to dig these by hand,I probably would have only dug down a couple of feet, and then would have to anchor theposts with concrete and guywires. It seems like a really big hole for a post,but without an auger with rock drilling bit, it's probably the easiest way to set a post.A little cleanup at the bottom of the hole and it's ready. I'm using 4x4 treated lumberrated for direct burial. I'm not a fan of using treated lumber, but in order for itto last a long time, it's a necessary evil. I like to add two temporary cleats to thepost to help support it while I'm set it plumb

and backfill the hole. I also like to dropa few rocks around the base to hold it in place when I start to fill it in. I'll fillthe hole several inches at a time and compact it between each layer, then clean up the areawith some more woodchip mulch. The first wire starts roughly 4246 inchesfrom the ground and the second and 3 wires are spaced 12 inches apart. It will be theperfect snacking height for the deer. At each marking I'll drill a 38quot; hole through thepost and then put in a 516quot; eyebolt. The back side has a large fender washer and nut.Having a large washer will help to keep the nut from pulling into the post under the weightof the vines. It's fairly important to make

Scarzellos Wine

When these bottles of wine were sent across the world as gifts to the great sovereigns, people in those countries used to say “this is the wine from Barolo� and Barolo became Barolo worldwide, it has a big name worldwide but in reality it's a small village of 700 inhabitants who live fairly well today but one needs to remember that until the end of the last century or beginning of this century, vine and wine didn't enable families to make a living

It was impossible One should not drink wine alone Wine is friendship, wine is culture, tradition, history Wine is not a normal product This basin is called Sarmassa This house is called Merenda and this is our family farm The bottom area is the Barbera area that we use to make the Barbera Superiore because the Barbera in such extreme conditions, here we have a full South exposure

tends to reach high alcohol peaks so we try to keep it in cooler surroundings and the valley floor is cooler and mainly the soils are slightly richer since obviously the bottom part of the hill absorbs what falls from higher up Slightly richer which means

a more vigorous vineyard that yields a bit more and if you look at all those piles they are worms that dig the galleries and make those small piles of earth The work of the worm and the work of the different types of herbs that there are in the vine hold like a mattress and this mattress keeps the soil spongy and well ventilated Today, generally speaking, the Langa has reached high quality levels on all the wines

but in order to make a difference, one must follow every single detail and you can follow every detail when companies are on a human scale, when you can intervene personally on any choice. I myself know every single plant of mine it's not a philosophical or poetic discourse, it's a real discourse. I know that this plant can yield a bit more, that one a bit less and this makes a slight difference but this is what makes the real difference

My future is here, I don't see myself anywhere but here We've had the selection for the Unesco World Heritage, we often make a joke here: We are the Unesco World Heritage, not just this vineyard, this vine. Because this vine exists because I planted it and because my grandfather planted this vine before me and without this vine this land wouldn't be World Heritage so this is the meaning of this selection We are World Heritage, us. Us. Here

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