In my continued obsession with all things wine, I decided to plant some grape vines in my backyard in hopes to make an "estate" wine with the fruit. After a lot of research online, I decided to go with a company/website called mypersonalvineyard.com
. I was impressed with their lineup of products, prices and guarantee along with their clear directions for planting and irrigation. They serve many professional vineyards which I also liked. They grow the vines, then cut them, graft them on disease resistant rootstock then grow them again for another year so every vine for purchase is at least two years old.
I started off small and ordered 3 vines of Syrah. Which all arrived together in a packed bag of saw dust and moisture which was comforting to see since they were shipped (arrived in just 3 days which I thought was impressive).
I then dug my holes and prepared the soil and surrounding area to be clear of big rocks and unwanted stuff.
Here's what the vine clippings look like:
Once I got the vines deep enough and started filling the holes, I left them out about 2-3 inches:
Then installed the sleeves for added protection and the job is done!
I'm now looking at ordering a few more vines to plant. Maybe some Mouvedre and Grenache to make a nice field blend. Since one mature grape vine will yield about 10 pounds of fruit, I'd like to get at least 5 vines bearing fruit to make enough wine. 10 vines would be awesome but the wife may have an issue with me making the entire backyard into a vineyard!