One of my (many) winter plans is to get my little vineyard up and running. Shortly after moving into Knight Rd, we discovered a massive grape vine, straddling the fence with our neighbour and even crawling up at least four or five metres into an apple tree. Last fall, we harvested over 50 lbs of grapes from this vine which produced very nice fruit and lots of it despite the fact that it had not been pruned or maintained. So after looking at this vine, I’ve decided to create a little vineyard. I don’t know how much fruit it will produce or when and I’m not sure exactly what type of vines I will plant but we have the space and the sun is free!
The first batch of grapes harvested produced about 30 bottles of an extremely clear white wine. It needs a couple months to mature but even the ‘test’ bottle was nice; a smooth, somewhat viscous liquid, quite palatable indeed! It had a hint of marmalade on the back of my tongue, followed by the scent of cut grass and wood smoke. Well, not really but I just find it funny how some of those wine people describe a nice wine in such strange terms.
Anyway, if we get these vines pruned and ready to roll I anticipate we will triple our harvest next fall. Wine anyone?