Hid-In-Pines Vineyard

Hid-In-Pines Vineyard

A Taste of the Champlain Valley


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Research Work Conducted at the Vineyard

Here at Hid-In-Pines Vineyard it is our belief that more research into growing the best cold hardy wine grapes is needed. To that end we have conducted the following projects:

Cold climate grapes: Increased sustainability through improved yield and quality.

Data Collection Phase - 2012 to 2014  -

Project number FNE14-806

Final Report for 2014 -2014 Final Report

 

Project number FNE12-754

Cold climate grapes: Increased sustainability through improved yield and quality.

I once again applied for a NESARE Grant to help support Data Collection in the test vineyard comparing 4 Training Systems and Four Varieties of Cold Climate Grapes.  I believe there is great potential here to improve both yield and the quality of the harvested grapes by matching the correct training system to the growth patterns of vine vigor types.  We have many new varieties that do superbly here in the colder climate conditions, but no real studies have been conducted to tell us the best training systems for them. 

Summary of the application -2012 NE SARE Propsal

Results of the first official year of Data Collection in 2012

Final Report for 2012

Cold climate grapes: Increased sustainability through improved yield and quality. FINAL REPORT

Please click the following links to videos showing the individual sections

of rows of the listed variety and training system.

Videos  For NE SARE FNE12-754 - Currently Viewable

St. Pepin- Medium to high vigor white wine type

Top Wire Cordon (TWC)

Modified Geneva Double Curtain (Mod GDC)

Vertical Shoot positioned (VSP)

Scott-Henry

Petite Amie- Low vigor white wine type

Top Wire Cordon (TWC)

Modified Geneva Double Curtain (Mod GDC)

Vertical Shoot positioned (VSP)

Scott-Henry

Marquette- High vigor red wine type

Top Wire Cordon (TWC)

Modified Geneva Double Curtain (Mod GDC)

Vertical Shoot positioned (VSP)

Scott-Henry

Mn 1200- Low to medium vigor red wine type

Top Wire Cordon (TWC)

Modified Geneva Double Curtain (Mod GDC)- Sorry it is blurry

Vertical Shoot positioned (VSP)

Scott-Henry - Also a bit blurry

 

Yield Results

Tons per Acre

Brix

pH

TA

Data Spreadsheet of information collected

 

2011 In Summary

2011 was a strange year in the vineyard. April and May saw record rainfalls, June and July saw record dryness and again August and September again broke records. August saw the first Tropical Storm- Irene- to hit our area in decades. Irene gave us torrential rains and heavy winds which flooded the vineyard and pushed the trellises and even pulled out the earth anchors at the ends of the rows. September brought Tropical Storm Lee on the heels of Irene and continued the heavy rains. This was all very unwelcome and caused not only trellis damage, but also split a good deal of the ripening 2011 crop of wine grapes. This splitting led to various rots and as a result we lost about 40% of the overall crop and a complete loss of a couple varieties. Because of these conditions, I did no real data collection as the results would have been too skewed to be meaningful. Look for hopefully improved conditions in 2012 and some good data collection. While no data was collected, I can report that the modified Geneva Double Curtain yielded substantially more fruit of equal quality.

If you wish to help support this effort, feel free to stop by and I will explain in more detail what I am doing.

2010

NE SARE 2010 Research Project FNE10-691

Better Wine Grape Quality using Combined Vine Training And Canopy Management  - Phase 2

Videos  For NE SARE FNE10-691

Frontenac

Frontenac Row One Vertical Shoot Positioned and 4 Arm Kniffen

Frontenac Row Two Vertical Shoot Positioned

Frontenac Row Two 4 Arm Kniffen

Frontenac Row Three Vertical Shoot Positionedand Control Panel

Frontenac Row Three 4 Arm Kniffen

Leon Millot

Leon Millot 4 Arm Kniffen

Leon Millot Vertical Shoot Positioned

LaCrosse

LaCrosse Top Wire Cordon and 4 Arm Kniffen

NE SARE 2009 Research Project FNE09-662

Better Wine Grape Quality using Combined Vine Training And Canopy Management 

 

2011 Finger Lakes Grape Grower's Conference

I was asked to speak at the Conference this year and report on growing Cold Climate Grapes in Northern NY. Here is a Powerpoint presentation I gave. This is a large file so only download if you have a very fast connection.

FLGGA Presentation