Final land preparation was conducted and prepped for the vines.
Ready for winter
The trellis is in and the vines planted. Straw is spread on the slopes to prevent erosion until the cover crop can be established.
Family visitors are getting pictures in front of Maysara vines. Ours are not planted yet.
The moment is here!
Trellis work is ongoing and the workers are bringing in the vines to be planted.
We erected our first building for storing the tractor and other equipment. When you climb Everest, you still need a base camp.
Jordan tastes the grapes
Even in the nursery some vines will have fruit. Jordan has found a vine with a few berries. Typically all fruit is removed from a vine until the 3rd year.
Holes are being dug in order to plant the vines. It is a lot of work to dig over 8000 holes.
Nephew Levi is our first helper on the vineyard. Here he is showing off his tractor skills.
Jordan is confirming that her vines are being handled properly.
The vineyard is starting to take shape.
More trellis work
Posts are being pounded into the ground for the line posts in the trellis.
We have some very interesting features in the basalt in the quarry. We don't know the exact term for this, but we call it a starburst.
Treating the soil
After soil tests are taken, the PH is adjusted with lime and other fertilizer applied as needed.
We discovered a year round spring that we plan to use for irrigation in the future. We are planning to put in a windmill to pump the water.
Our friends at Momtazi Vineyard are raising our vines that will be planted. Thanks to Renee and Mo for their advice.
After the winter rains, we are ready to begin clearing the land of small rocks and sticks. All this is picked up by hand.
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