Grape Growing Secrets

This article is for all frustrated folks who have tried and failed to grow grapes and are looking to be more successful in growing your own grapes to make your own wine. Growing grapes has been around for many years and is enjoyed in many countries throughout the world. When you think about growing grapes one tends to think you need a massive garden but that is not the case you can grow grapes in pots in quite a small area in your garden if you wish. Growing grapes has been around for many years and is enjoyed in many countries throughout the world.

When you think about growing grapes one tends to think you need a massive garden but that is not the case you can grow grapes in pots in quite a small area in your garden if you wish. Of course if you are fortunate to have a large area then that is an advantage in respect of the quantity of the crop you reap.

I recently visited South Africa drove from Johannesburg right down to Cape Town. If you have not made the trip to South Africa then I highly recommend it. Just before I arrived in Cape Town I could not resist the opportunity to visit many of the famous vineyards. If you visit these vineyards you will find them very accommodating and you are able to taste the wines before purchasing.

Being a lover of wine myself I was able to take full advantage of this. Here is the thing you can buy wines in these vineyards that are not for export, what really put a smile on my face is the price you can buy a top quality wine in South Africa for less than a pound. This is where my journey began rather than paying ridiculous prices for wine as I live in the UK I decided I wanted to know more about growing grapes and making wine.

What I did not realise just how many of different varieties of grapes there really are, and how much is involved in growing grapes. First thing that I discovered it takes as much as five years before you can expect to get a full crop some times longer. Location is another important factor so you will need to do a certain amount of research in this area.

A common term used in the grape growing industry for the cultivation of grapes is viticulture Wine connoisseurs around the world are very fond of this term and it has been a popular term used from the person who grows grapes in their back garden to the professional who makes a living at growing grapes and wine.

The agricultural Zone rating is something you need to know before you select your vines. Most regions of land have a zone rating if you can access this information you will have more success in growing your grapes, which leads to making the best wine.

Do you like red wine or white wine? Or maybe both my partner likes red, but for me I like white, the combination of a good quality white wine plus good tasty cheddar go together like hand in glove. So be sure you pick the correct vine varieties for your taste.

Pruning

Vines must be pruned several times per year but be careful not to do this before the leaves have begun to grow. The time of the year is very important try to do your pruning before December.

It is a fact that the quality of the grapes you are growing produce the best wines. In order to achieve this it is essential to find the best location for your vines, even with the help of modern technology today to produce the best grapes for the good quality wines location and careful planning is a very important factor, after all you want to get this right the first time as time is of the essence. Choose a south facing location if possible grapes love the sunlight.

Growing grapes and making your own wine can be a really good hobby and drinking your own wine and sharing it with your family and friends is a very rewarding experience.

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