Category: Geek Out

tech notes, obsessive musings, and eccentric thoughts related to wine, viticulture, and Chris’s latest projects

Vineyard Pond and Irrigation Water System

irrigation water lines run across each vineyard row and individual dripper lines run to each vine to ensure that the water goes exactly where it needs to go

Way back in 2008 we started this adventure with a dream of planting a vineyard, and in 2013 we finally planted it. This is the story of the irrigation – or life support – system of the young vineyard. Though certain sections of our vineyard may be dry farmed in the future, the vines started out as a mere 4 inches tall and needed a little help to grow strong. So, we built an off-grid irrigation system to support the vines while they become established.

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High Lifter and Our Water System

Terragena water glass 2

The Terragena Vineyard fresh water system was developed slowly over the course of several years. The Terragena property includes steep hillsides and the top of the Fish Creek valley. The source for our water is an artesian spring located in the bed of a smaller creek that feeds into Fish Creek, several hundred vertical feet in elevation below the yurt clearing and vineyard house. We are grateful to have a year-round spring on our property, and we found some creative ways to pump the water up to where it is needed at the house and yurt.

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Grapevine Clones

Pinot Noir: Finicky Burgundian vine produces wildly variable, relatively delicate, potentially haunting essences of place.

– Jancis Robinson et. al, Wine Grapes

What is a clone? Why do we care? Which ones do we have at Terragena? Why?

young grapevine and its cardboard protector

young grapevine and its cardboard protector

What is a clone?

A clone is a cutting from a mother vine of a plant, and it is genetically identical to the mother plant. Sometimes the mother plant, or even just part of the plant, has a mutation in one or more genes, commonly referred to as a bud sport mutation. Sometimes these mutations are beneficial, and often they are benign or even deleterious. These mutations can from time to time lead to slight variations in vines.

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