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.
West Street Vineyard Developing your Business
in this business if you're going to makeit successful you do need to get help and early on would be my recommendation I thoughtI could do it without help it's crazy looking back on it now butyou don't think about in the same way I've been good at marketing but not good at the detail or thinking about health andsafety I take it very seriously
but it's not my core strength so findthat person who's going to do that I think I've taken a very grownup attitude to staff and training staff I have a beautiful building I cantick that box i potentially will be having lovely food can tick that box the only reason why anyone will comeback for a second visit is because they've had excellent serviceI think that's critical and when i look at it from my own personalexperience
and you go into cafes restaurants pubsbars whatever it is it's the service that makes a differenceso i had a whole recruitment day we did it as scientifically as we couldwe set up a menu restaurant so Dragons Den meets The Apprentice put people into teams as they areworking in team environment in an interview it's very easy to be on your bestbehavior and I wanted to see how the crew potential crew dealt with withdifficult customers
what the feedback was like we lookedat 75 CVs I went to the job centre and I said I'mnot look experience i'm looking for. smiley people who might make goodwaitresses whatever it is but excellent customer facing spokespeople it's very lonely being an entrepreneur or doingsomething on your own especially if you're a very outgoingpersonality you need people to make it happen
October At Seasons Peak Apples from the Columbia River Valley
WASHINGTON STATE WASN'TALWAYS KNOWN FOR APPLES. THE COLUMBIA RIVER VALLEY USEDTO BE FOR RAISING COWS, SHEEP. THIS PLACE MUST'VE LOOKED ALOT DIFFERENT BACK THEN! IT WAS ALWAYS GOODDIRT THOUGH VOLCANIC, FULL OFGOOD MINERALS. IT JUST NEVER RAINED. BUT WHEN THEY BEGAN IRRIGATINGFROM THE CASCADES WHEN THE WATER CAME
IT ALL CHANGED. SEEMS LIKE EVERYTHINGGROWS HERE NOW. BUT OCTOBER THAT'S WHEN WE GETTHE BEST APPLES. IT GETS WARM, AND DRYDURING THE DAY. COOL AT NIGHT. MAKES THE APPLES CRISP,AND FLAVORFUL. MORE SO NOW THAN ANYOTHER TIME OF YEAR.
THAT'S HOW PUBLIXLIKES THEM. ME TOO. WE JUST GO THROUGH THE ORCHARDAND HANDPICK THE BEST ONES. 'CAUSE WHEN YOU BITEINTO AN APPLE FROM WASHINGTON'S COLUMBIARIVER VALLEY. WELL, YOU'LL UNDERSTAND WHYWE'RE NOT RAISING SHEEP AND CATTLE.