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Grape - Winter Content

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1-year Pre-plant · Determine Training System

The main objective in grape production:

Maximize sunlight interception.

Annual Cluster and Floral Development Chart

Figure 1. Concord Bud Development. Cluster initiation (arrows) in green shoots begins just after bloom, and by just before veraison, the buds reach stage 6 of 15. After the winter dormancy and bud break the following season, buds pick back up and finish developing via shoot emergence and growth by bloom, at which point the cycle begins anew.
*Dates on x-axis are approximate for each season. Adapted from Goffinet, Wine East 2001.

Regardless of the variety to be planted, a grower will need to be sure to install a trellis (the physical structure to which the vines are attached) within the first year of planting.  This will enable easier handling of the vines, as well as improve weed and pest management techniques and efficacy in the first two years of growth.  Deciding as early as possible will enable growers to calculate the amount of materials needed.  Figure 2 depicts a few training systems, with the most commonly used in NY being top wire cordon (juice grapes, hybrids, vines with procumbent growth habits) and mid-wire cordon, or VSP (Vitis vinifera varieties, some hybrids with upright growth habits).

Training Systems for Grape Vineyards

Figure 2. Training systems for grape vineyards. Image taken from Training Systems for New York Vineyards page from Dr. Bob Pool's Grape Pages.

Variety selection can also dictate training system options.  For example, many of the varieties native to the US and their hybrids have procombent growth habits, meaning, then tend to grow toward the vineyard floor.  In these cases, a top wire cordon system can maximize sunlight interception, thus increasing fruitfulness in these varieties.  Conversely, Vitis vinifera varieties tend to have upright growth habits, lending themselves to a vertical shoot positioning (VSP) system. (Figure 3)  Either of these training systems can be expanded to manage excessive vigor, though dividing the canopies horizontally, as seen in Figure 4.

Train to a Variety

Figure 3.  Choose the appropriate training system for each variety planted.  'Cabernet Franc' is better suited to vertical shoot positioning (VSP) systems, while the hybrid 'Diamond' is best suited to top wire cordon training.

Horizontally Divide Canopies

Figure 4.  For overly vigorous sites, separating the canopy horizontally will improve sunlight interception.  A) Geneva Double Curtain (GDC) divides a top wire cordon system.  B)  A Lyre trellis divides a VSP system.

Why it is important to have a training system in place very soon after planting:

Training System Importance

Figure 5.  By allowing vines to crawl along the vineyard floor for an entire season, not only can weed control be more difficult, but training also gets very messy.

Vine training and trellis systems are explored in-depth in Wine Grape Production Guide for Eastern North America and Wine Grape Varieties in California.  Ideally, the goal is to establish and maintain a fairly uniform vineyard to allow for easier mechanical access and management.

Proper Training - Easier Management

Figure 6.  Proper training makes for easier pruning and canopy management.

Resources

Christensen, L.P., Dokoozlian, N., Walker, M.A., Wolpert, J.A. (eds.). 2003. Wine Grape Varieties in California. University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Publication 3419.

Goffinet, M.C. 2001. Grapevine buds: construction, development, and potential for cropping. Wine East Magazine, Sept.-Oct., pp. 14�23. L&H Photojournalism, Lancaster, PA.

Jordan, T.D., Pool, R.M., Zabadal, T.J., and Tomkins, J.P. 1980. Cultural Practices for Commercial Vineyards. NYSAES, Bulletin 111. (sadly, out of print)

Winkler, A. J., J. A. Cook, W. M. Kliewer, and L. A. Lider. 1974. General Viticulture. University of California Press.

Wolf, T. et.al. 2008. Wine Grape Production Guide for Eastern North America. Cooperative Extension NRAES:145.


Content by:

Dr. Jodi Creasap Gee
Viticulture Extension Educator,
Lake Erie Regional Grape Program


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Announcements

NYWGF visits the Chautauqua Region

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation, led by Executive Director Sam Filler, is thrilled to announce their upcoming visit to your region this April!

During this visit, NWYGF will host an information session about programs affecting our industry. As you may know, NYWGF is sponsoring a Vineyard Survey aimed at gathering accurate and insightful data about grape growing in New York. If you are a grape grower or wine maker in the state, your input is crucial in shaping the future of funding and promotion for the industry. By participating in the survey, you will be contributing valuable data that will help inform decisions about the industry's future growth. We invite you to learn more about the Vineyard Survey, how you can help by providing your data, and how the results will be shared and will support the industry.



The NYWGF team will also be sharing information about our valuable membership benefits and services, as well as giving you an overview of the New York Sustainable Winegrowing Program. The New York Sustainable Winegrowing Program provides a clear pathway for vineyards to achieve certification by implementing regionally defined sustainability standards.

To make the visit even more valuable, a free lunch will be provided.

This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the exciting developments happening in New York's wine and grape industry. NYWGF is thankful to our partner, American National Insurance, for making this visit possible. This public-private partnership showcases the impact that we can have when we work together towards a common goal.

Commercial Vehicle Awareness slide presentation

NYS Trooper, Matt Luft, presented on Commercial Vehicle Awareness at CLEREL on Thursday, August 2nd.  He has given us the permission to share his slides for you to reference at your convenience to share with others or to review. Please reference this link. 
https://lergp.cce.cornell.edu/cultural_practices.php?season=summer
https://lergp.cce.cornell.edu/business_management.php?season=winter


Straight Talk: Is H-2A Working Out in the Vineyard

Check out the story below.  Our local grower Andy Knight is one of the 3 growers interviewed.

https://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/grapes/how-h-2a-is-working-out-in-the-vineyard/

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