Sarah’s blog #2 Planting!
Welcome back to my blog! I want to share with you my experiences and insights as I dive into the exciting world of planting vineyards for our new and existing clients.
With spring in full swing here in the UK, it’s all systems go when it comes to vineyard planting.
Springtime is a bustling period, filled with anticipation as we watch the vine buds come to life. It’s also a time when we have to be on constant “frost watch”, carefully monitoring the weather during those suspect evenings and dewy mornings. But amidst all the excitement, this season presents us with the ideal conditions to plant vines.
Since starting my journey in vineyard consultancy, with Vinescapes, I have had the privilege of planting a significant number of vines for our clients. Each planting project brings its own set of challenges and rewards, and I have learned valuable lessons along the way.
Preparation is key when it comes to successful vineyard establishment. Soil preparation plays a crucial role in ensuring that the vines have the best possible start. Properly preparing the soil, including ensuring adequate drainage and nutrient levels, sets the foundation for healthy vine growth.
Orientation and vine planting density are just a two of the important factors to consider when planting a vineyard. Understanding the reasoning behind the vineyard’s establishment helps maximize sunlight exposure, airflow, and canopy management. It contributes to the overall quality and ripening of the grapes.
Of course, the mercy of the weather is always a factor that we have to contend with during the planting process. Spring can be unpredictable, and timing is crucial. We carefully monitor the weather forecasts, trying to find that perfect window of opportunity when the ground is ready for planting, and the risk of frost is minimal.
When it comes to planting, precision is key. We use various tools and techniques to ensure accuracy and efficiency. From marking out the vine rows using a theodolite and establishing an AB line, to using innovative GPS systems, we strive to create precise and straight planting lines. All this tremendously hard work is collaborated with Sam Barnes and his planting team.
Planting vines also comes with its fair share of humour. There are jokes among us about those vines that never seem to get planted, as if they have a life of their own! But in the end, we strive to ensure that every vine finds its rightful place in the soil.
As I walk through the vineyard, meticulously counting each vine and recording the data, I am reminded of the importance of attention to detail. Every step and measurement matter, and accurate record-keeping is essential for future vineyard management.
Lastly, we anxiously await the arrival of rain. Adequate rainfall is vital for the newly planted vines to establish their root systems and grow strong. We keep a watchful eye on the weather forecast, hoping for those much-needed showers.
Planting vineyards for clients is a dynamic and rewarding process. It requires careful planning, attention to detail, and a deep understanding of the vine’s needs. As I continue on this journey, I look forward to sharing more insights and experiences with you. Stay tuned for my next blog post!