Back at home, we rented a rototiller for 4 hours, tilled the lawn and planted 22 Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings. We put them in the ground about a year ago. At first the neighbors were curious. Some stopped to ask questions or offer advice, others asked us if we were starting a Christmas Tree farm! It's true that at first it looked like dirt and sticks with wire, not much more. The Mt. Helix walkers kept a close and supportive watch over the progress of our tiny vineyard. The first year we had a lot of greenery and the vines quickly established into healthy stalks.
Only a few weeks ago, the vines were still dormant and looked like dry sticks. Fast forward a short time (including some pretty rainy days) and today we found the vines to be in excellent health.
Tim spent a few hours this morning trimming back some of the vines as due to quick growth they are already weighing down the guide wires we had set up.
As we took a closer look we discovered tons of tiny little cabernet grapes starting to take shape!
In order to have a good shot at making some decent tasting wine on our first growth, we decided to invest in a home winemaking kit and practice with some Zinfandel grapes we purchased. More on that in our next installment!