Growing Pinot Noir Grapes

By | December 7, 2016

Home Vineyard Growing Wine Grapes at Home

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 and we’ll come back then.

Pinot Noir Wine California Pinot Noir

Hi, I’m Mark Middlebrook, and I’m here in the Paul Marcus Wines Cellar, and in this segment I’m going to talk about California Pinot Noir. It’s taking us some time to figure out the right places to grow Pinot Noir, because it’s really a great variety that likes a cooler climate, and if you plant it in the, in the, in the basin of Napa Valley, what you tend to get is a cooked, hot dark, but not particular finesse for elegant wine, and that’s really not what you want with Pinot Noir. So, I brought four examples here that the, they come from other places besides Napa Valley, where you can make some nice Pinot Noir. The first one is from Anderson Valley in the Western part of Mendocino County. It’s Handley’s Anderson.

Valley Pinot Noir. You get the cooling influences of the ocean there. It’s not too far from the town of Mendocino, and that keeps temperatures down, and keeps the grapes fresh, and gives you, again, some finesse and some elegance. Secondly is Ladd Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. This is an area that’s been, where people have been growing Pinot Noir for some time now, and it’s a little bit warmer than the Western reaches of Anderson Valley, but still cool enough because, again, because its proximity to the ocean that you get the, you get some of that finesse, little darker fruit, but the, but still a nice weight, nice balance to the wines. Third example here is from Andy Peay. His Sonoma Coast Pomarium.

Is the name of this particular bottling. Sonoma Coast is a, is a big, kind of sprawling appellation, some of which is not near the coast, but the, this wine does come from right along the coasts there, and this, I’m sure you can imagine with the Pacific Ocean crashing along the, along beach area, you get breezes, you get fog, you get all kinds of cooling influence that give you nice, bright acidity, and again, good balance in Pinot Noir, and a lot of my favorite Pinot Noirs from California these days are coming from the Sonoma Coast, or the true Sonoma Coast, the part that’s right along the ocean. And finally, and example from Cargasacchi, Peter Cargasacchi, his Santa Rita Hills. I need just flip the bottle because.

He puts the, the appellation on the back here, and this is a downward down and sideways country, it’s what is called the Central Coast kind of Monterrey down to Santa Barbara, and it’s another area where, because of the, the, the influences of the ocean you get coolness, enough coolness to grow Pinot Noir, and there’s a lot going on, as you know if you’ve seen the movie Sideways. There’s a lot of Pinot Noir being planted there, a lot of, a lot of good wines being made, and Cargasacchi might be as one of the best producers. So, if you, if you like drinking Pinot Noir and California wine, Pinot Noir in particular, pay some attention to these different zones, and taste the differences and, and enjoy.

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