Vineyard in my backyard

A new adventure has started in my backyard: my husband and me have planted 13 vines this weekend.

As it is not obvious to keep typical Vitis vinifera grape varieties (the varieties we all know like Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) in our cold climate in Denmark, we decided to plant 6 different varieties. We planted 3 Vitis vinifera varieties: Riesling, Spaetburgunder (Pinot noir) and Pinot blanc and one more to come: Chardonnay. Besides these vines we also planted two so-called disease resistant varieties: Solaris and Souvignon gris. The latter two are more resistant to mold attacks like powdery and downey mildew and botrytis.

We planted the vines in our backyard on a south slope in three rows and one more to come for our Chardonnay plants which have not arrived yet. The rows are in the north-south direction so the grapes will get the most sun. The hedge around the plants will make sure that the plants are protected against the wind.

The vines need to be planted so that the crafted vine on the rootstock is sitting just above the soil.

The crafting is protected by a wax layer to protect the place where the vine is connected to the rootstock, as this is still very fragile in the beginning.

To extra protect the very young vines from the wind and to create a greenhouse effect, we also bought some insulated protection tubes to put around the vines.

Now the vines are planted, it is waiting for them to grow. I will keep you up-to-date how it is going with this exciting new project.

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