2009-2010 Block 2 Progress

During the winter of 2009-2010 we cleared rocks, dug holes, set poles, pulled wire, trenched, and on and on it went.

Block 2 Poles

Bringing water in from the new well:

Water Trench

By the spring of 2010 we were ready to plant.  Part of block 1 in the distance on the other side of the dam.

March 2010

April 11, 2010 was not precisely sunny, but it is frequently misty up here in the hills.

Planting Day

By early June, 2010, the vines were well on their way.

Block 2 Young plants

Block 2

We began laying out Block 2 in 2009 in preparation for planting in the spring of 2010.

Block 2

The view is splendid.

Block 2 View

There were a few issues to deal with.

Stump

But help was always at hand.

Help

It was a tremendous piece of work for Kristi and me. More progress in the next post.

First growth.

After much work, we planted the first 100 vines in April of 2009 with no idea whether wine grapes would grow here. As far as we know, these are the first wine grapes planted in Kerr County. After two weeks in the ground, the first tiny leaves appeared.

First leaf.

By July, we could see that our soil would grow grape vines, and we began making plans for planting more.

Cab. Sauvignon

Beginnings

100_0052Here’s where we started – raw land and an idea.  Spring of 2008.

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By July of 2008 we had started putting in the posts for the first experimental vineyard – 100 vines, 4 varieties on 2 different rootstocks.  Planting scheduled for April of 2009.