The best decision we made was to get some help with the planting, the original plan was to do it ourselves. We had a team of 6 and all the vines were planted in under 4 hours!

Vines planted were Rondo and Solaris all grafted on SO4 root stock.

Each vine was planted by hand, using an auger to dig a clean hole with enough space so that the roots could spread down and out evenly to encourage good growth.

Once planted each vine was fertilised, protected with a rabbit guard and supported with a cane attached to the fruiting wire providing stability until the vines mature.

The focus for the first two years of the growth is on the roots and on one strong stem up to the fruiting wire.



A lot of preparation went in before the vines were planted. We have chosen a double guyot VSP (vertical shoot positioning) trellising system with rows marked out 6ft apart and vines at 4ft centres, spaced marginally differently depending on the grape variety and its vigour

The VSP system has a main fruiting wire at approximately 75 cms and then two sets of two catch wires above for the leaves.

soil preparation with the rotavator before the vines go in