Hello and welcome to my home vineyard Let’s get a lay of the land. As you can see this is 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 apart to 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 fence posts these are.
Eightfoot fence post sunk about three feet deep we tried to go about two feet deep but it 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 vertical trellising.
Partly because it was easier and partly because uh. the north south facing rows, it allow it to get sun at all hours of the day uh. we have a drip irrigation lines ran 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 little easier than if we used a heavier flow we’ll actually be planting syrah grapes because we tend to be in a warmer, drier climate during the summer doing something like pinot noir would require greater cooler temperatures. that sort of thing that’s our vineyard. We’ll be planting the grapes next week.
Backyard vineyard Slow Turtle Nerinda and Joel Pennington
voiceover the penningtons don’t have to hit the road to visit a vineyard. In fact, all they have to do is step out the back door to watch grapes ripen into their signature wine, Slow Turtle. It all started in 2012 when they bought a house that came with a neglected microvineyard. When we came here, there was a sixfoot cyclone fence surrounding the vineyard. And deer would jump in and get.
A little confused and bounce around. we didn’t realize how much work, actually, it was going to take to get it to where it is, but we’re certainly excited we didn’t pull them out because this space has become the heart of the home. To learn more about making wine, and viticulture, he enrolled in Texas Tech’s online and handson Texas Winemaking.
Certificate program, but first, they overhauled the landscaping, and built stylish deerproofing that lets in light and promotes airflow. Joel We wanted to make the vineyard visible from the rest of the property, to be able to see in, and not have it be a closed wall, so we used the fourinch bull wire fence, which has pretty good visibility but it keeps some of the critters out. His grapes are Champanel,.
A hybrid that’s resistant to pierce’s disease. Joel When we moved over to this new trellis system, which is called VSP, vertical shoot positioning, the notion there is to be able to let the shoots grow up, straight up, and then they’ll go ahead and wrap down the top of the rows. You can see on the cordons, which are the arms of the vines, that they have a single wire that they’re affixed to,.
So that’s called the cordon wire. and the other wires that we have in pairs going up are called fruiting wires. And I have to do a couple prunings per year, because these vines are pretty vigorous. I’ll actually come out here a couple times a year and do what is called leaf pulling. So I’ll pull some leaves in the fruiting zone, just so that the grapes can get good exposure to light and air as well.
All those leaves head to the compost pile. Later, Joel mines it for free, natural fertilizer. We get the children involved, because there’s a lot of cleaning up, especially in Fall, when the leaves are falling, this is covered in leaves, and it’s a lot of work, it’s not simply just getting one person to rake up the leaves.
So all four of us get involved and make a pile at the back of the vineyard and the children enjoy throwing them around and jumping in them. Despite good ventilation, rain bombs are more destructive than drought. Joel We have a drip line in place. I guess in a typical year, we go ahead and water about twice a week, through probably harvest, and then.
We would drop that down to once a week, just so that the vines and the cordons have a chance to harden a little bit. This year I haven’t watered at all, I haven’t needed to, in fact, I have more water than I can use, and that’s indicative with some of the grapes splitting and you see some rot as well. It also helps to come out here on a regular basis and pick the grapes that are splitting so that they.