Howie Hart wrote:Sounds Great! I started my vineyard last year with 4 rows, 7 ft between vines, 8 ft. between rows and 22 vines per row. I have one row each of Chambourcin, and Vignoles and half rows of Cayuga, Vidal, Leon Millot and Traminette. All are hybrids growing on their own roots. I have sandy clay with poor drainage. We'll have to meet up in a few years and compare our "Estate Bottlings".
What part of Southern Maryland?
What is the growing to harvest time?
Brian Gilp wrote:Have reduced the planned varieties down from 12 to an initial 8. Plan is to add Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Syrah, Sangiovese, Aglanico, and Montepulciano next year then evaluate adding others.
Brian Gilp wrote:What is the growing to harvest time?
Not sure I understand exactly what you are asking. The frost free period is on average 185-192 days starting in the second to third week of April and lasting until the third week of October. However, it is the heat that worries me more. We have on average 3700 degree days and the nights stay fairly warm. Concerned that will force ever earlier ripening and reduction in acidity.
Brian Gilp wrote:What part of Southern Maryland?
About 5 miles east of La Plata down route 6. Almost halfway between La Plata and 5 North.
Rain is a major concern since we average 43 inches a year and figure that the September rains will prove to be an issue.
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