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Old 05-10-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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I bought a house with two grape vines. One is relatively small compared to the massive one near the fence. One grape is green and the other is purple. Fruit is starting to develop on both and I just fertilized. Any tips to growing these grapes to make my own wine? I've brewed for about a year now, have made fruit wine, mead, apfelwein. I'd really like a home grown wine. Can someone help with resources?
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:44 AM   #2
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you have to prune the vines back in late winter so the vine focuses on fruit production...if you do this you will get a higher yield. you also have to pick the grapes at a precise time. You may have to use a fungicide in humid weather because your vines could catch a disease.... good luck to you.

 
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:53 AM   #3
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Do you know what cultivar of grapes these are?
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:54 PM   #4
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you have to prune the vines back in late winter so the vine focuses on fruit production...if you do this you will get a higher yield. you also have to pick the grapes at a precise time. You may have to use a fungicide in humid weather because your vines could catch a disease.... good luck to you.
Thanks for the growing tips. Unfortunately I didnt prune them last year. How many grapes does it take to make a gallon of wine?
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Do you know what cultivar of grapes these are?
No I am not sure, how can I find out?
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:42 PM   #5
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Do you have photo?
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:35 PM   #6
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How many grapes does it take to make a gallon of wine?

No I am not sure, how can I find out?
Typically 12-15-18# of fruit for one gallon of juice. You can take photos, variety of leaves along with fruit to local extension/agriculture office and they can usually identify. Any chance you can contact previous owners and inquire, or the neighbors may even know?
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:47 PM   #7
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If you fertilized this year, hold off on doing so next year. The yields might be smaller, but you will get a better grape.

Having said that, if the red vine turns out to be Concord, grow them as big as possible(fertilizer, extra water) to offset the high acid content.

 
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:18 PM   #8
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Do you have photo?
Not at the moment ill take one soon. I know one grape is green and the other is purple.
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Typically 12-15-18# of fruit for one gallon of juice. You can take photos, variety of leaves along with fruit to local extension/agriculture office and they can usually identify. Any chance you can contact previous owners and inquire, or the neighbors may even know?
Thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to do so come harvest.
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If you fertilized this year, hold off on doing so next year. The yields might be smaller, but you will get a better grape.

Having said that, if the red vine turns out to be Concord, grow them as big as possible(fertilizer, extra water) to offset the high acid content.
What explains less fertilizer better fruit? I know more isn't always better but a full season without fertilizer. I'll just continue to give plenty of water, we have sandy soil here.
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:42 PM   #9
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I want some vines badly! CA has 60 varieties of grape, many are table grapes, but hopefully your former resident was a winemaker. That's a beautiful area you live in. Kinda jealous!
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:23 PM   #10
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Its true fertilizer will make for more and bigger fruit, but those fruit will not taste as good. I think of it as a pie. More grapes = more slices, but each one gets a smaller ammount of the flavors, acids, and tannins.

 
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