Vineyard Basics

Getting Started

If you are thinking about purchasing either an existing vineyard or raw land on which you hope to install a vineyard, there’s a lot you need to know. Having gone through the same process myself when purchasing my vineyard property, I discovered that there are very, very few sources of good information on buying and/or

Sonoma County Appelations

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Other sources of information Santa Rosa JC has a great viticulture program. UC Davis offers weekend and weekly courses and Sonoma State University now offers a wine MBA program. There are variety of textbooks, mostly of dubious quality. Sunlight Into Wine by Richard Smart is the most recommended.

Making Your Own Wine

Some people have vineyards because they like to grow grapes and are perfectly happy having someone else turn those grapes in to wine. Other people grow grapes because THEY WANT TO MAKE WINE. Making your own wine is actually a lot of fun even if it never sees the light of day. There are lots

Useless Wine Facts

Dollars per ton for grapes – $2,000 Barrels per ton – 2.9 Barrels per acre (at 5 tons to the acre) – 14.4 Cases per barrel – 23 Cases per acre – 335 Dollars per case for grapes – $36 Dollars for winemaking per case – $12 Dollars for materials per case (box, bottle, foil,

Selecting Varieties and Clones

The most important decision you’ll have to make – one that you will have to live with for the life of your vineyard – is what varieties of grape to plant. But before we get into the different varieties, we should define a few terms. Variety – For our discussion variety means a sub-species of vitus

Selling Grapes to Wineries

Courting wineries is a lot like lining up a date for the prom. Right now there aren’t enough Sonoma County grapes to go around and wineries have to compete for available fruit. Take advantage and drop by wineries to talk about your vineyard. You’ll get lots of free stuff and maybe a free meal or

How Much Money Can I Make?

Growing wine grapes is a business—a good business. Despite the uncertainties of the marketplace, unpredictability of the weather and the vagaries of farming, growing wine grapes can produce a good income year after year if the vineyard is well run and well marketed. Fortunately, once the vineyard is in the ground, the costs to operate

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