Home Vineyard Growing Wine Grapes at Home
Hello and welcome to my home vineyard Let's get a lay of the land. As you can see thisis just a simple side yard it's got about 55 feet of space long twentysix feet of space wide we elected to go with twenty twofoot long rows northsouth facing uh. the rows are spaced about five feet apartto give us ample space for the vines to grow
and for us to manage and walk through we are planting about four plants per row to give it plenty of space to spread out and grow for the rows, we used uh. just simple fenceposts these are eightfoot fence post sunk about threefeet deep we tried to go about two feet deep butit wasn't uh. it just simply wasn't stable enough so we went that extra foot for stability
the wire is fourteen gauge wire uh. we elected to go with the verticaltrellising partly because it was easier and partlybecause uh. the north south facing rows, it allow it to get sun at all hours of the day uh. we have a drip irrigation linesran along the bottom we will be using half gallon per hour drips two per plant that allows us to adjust the water
water flow and manage the irrigation a littleeasier than if we used a heavier flow we'll actually be planting syrah grapes because we tend to be in a warmer, drier climateduring the summer doing something like pinot noirwould require greater cooler temperatures. that sort of thing that's our vineyard. We'll be planting the grapes nextweek and we'll come back then.
University Of Minnesota Releases New Wine Grape
LAWMAKERS FOR STATE FUNDS TO HELP ADVERTISE THE REGION'S STATE PARKS, TRAILS, AND OTHER RECREATION. HEADS UP FOR ALL YOU WINE LOVERS OUT THERE. THE UNIVERSITY RELEASED ITS NEWEST WINE GRAPE IT'S
CALLED HITASCA, MADE TO ENDURE MINNESOTA'S COLDCLIMATE. AS OUR MOLLY ROSENBLAT FOUND OUT, THIS GRAPE WILL BE USED TO MAKE DRY WHITE WINES. Reporter: IT'S THE FIRST WINE GRAPE CONSULT INVESTIGATORS RELEASED IN TEN
YEARS. THE MAKING OF ITASKA STARTED BACK IN 2002 WHEN THE CROSS OF THE GRAPE WAS MADE FROM TWO PAIRING GRAPES. BY 2009, THEY STARTED EXPERIMENTING WITH MAKING IT INTO A WINE.
BREEDER MATT CLARK SAID IT HAS BEEN A PROCESS THAT HAS TAKEN A LOT OF PATIENCE. BRINGS US TO TODAY, WHERE WE'VE GIVEN IT A NAME, APPLIED FOR A PATENT, AND HAD LICENSED NURSERIES PROPAGATING THIS FOR US.
Reporter: CLARK SAID ITASKA IS A UNIQUE GRAPE, ONE OF THE REASONS IT CAN SURVIVE MINNESOTA'S HARSHWINTERS. IT'S A HUGE DEAL. ITASKA IS GOING TO CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE FOR GRAPE GOERS AND WINE MAKERS ACROSS
THE STATE AND ACROSSTHE REGION. Reporter: THE WINE IS LOW IN ACIDITY, AND THE FLAVOR DESCRIBED AS CRISP. WE REFER TO THIS AS THE MOTHER VINE. THIS WAS PLANTED IN 2004. Reporter: THE KILL
Why do you whole cluster press Chardonnay grapes 2013 Sonoma harvest
What happened here this monringé Well we began the harvest. So we harvestedChardonnay from my family's vineyard. And we brought it into the wineryand whole cluster pressed it. We weigh the grapes so we know what we are starting with and we know what to pay for. And then we basically find a way to gentlyget them into the presses. The presses are essentially big slotted cylindircal screenon its side with a big rubber tube inside. We put the grapes in there, close it up, andthen we use that bag to put a little bit of pressure on them and roll berries off thestems.
Then the nice easy juice comes out which isthe very best stuff and we rinse and repeat. We deflate the bag, rotate it around to redistribute the clusters and get some more of the berries to roll off of the stems. It takes very little pressure to get thisso we get all of the really best juice which is the finest stuff. Sparkling wine makers,champagne makers, that's how they go about pressing so we've kind of lifted one of theirtricks: stealing all the best stuff first rather than crushing, pumping and maceratingthings we are just kind of squeezing the best, finest, highest acidity juice out.