Does anyone here grow their own grapes?

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Does anyone here grow their own grapes?

Postby bo_gator » Sun Aug 06, 2006 7:51 pm

I recently attended a meeting here about how to grow grapes for commericial production and was curious as to how many here grow their own grapes for wine making :?:

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Postby wicket » Sat Aug 19, 2006 6:30 am

I grow my own grapes, but they are backyard varieties - Concord, Niagara, Fredonia - all Lambruscas. Didn't think much about making wine when I planted them, I just wanted grapes. I am now venturing forth into the realm of winemaking, and learning how to make American grapes into drinkable (even good tasting) wine. My only comment about them is that they have been very easy to grow and maintain. I've had them for 15 years and have had no problems. I even transplanted one - and they say you can't do it - and it looks like it will come around.

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Postby tookalisten » Sat Aug 19, 2006 12:48 pm

I have a Scuppernong vine that I started from a cutting from another vine of my Dad's about 6 years ago. It is now about 30 feet long and running on two lines. I prune it back every February; but otherwise it takes no attention whatsoever and produces a lot of grapes. I do not make any wine from it though. I too have been thinking about starting a few other varieties.
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
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Postby Alhambra Hieghts » Sat Oct 14, 2006 9:32 am

I have about 35 Cabernet Franc here in Martinez, CA. I harvested them last week, with about 20 lbs of Montepulciano. The Monte has never done very well. I think I'm going to yank it out and find something else to grow.
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