A vineyard in your own garden, with grapes hanging over the terrace or on the wall, don’t we all want that?
It’s easier than you think.
Location and Soil
This almost goes without saying, but make sure you plant the grapes in full sunlight. And if necessary (depending on where you live), you should also look for a spot with well-drained soil. The roots of a vine should not stay in water.
Clayey- or humus-rich sandy soil are very good for growing wine grapes, but the best results will be achieved on calcareous soil.
Growing grapes is not as hard as you may first think, but there are a few basics you need to know. First of all, the best time to plant the grapes is usually between September and March. But before you even get started, it is important to make some kind of structure to which you can tie the branches up. There are a lot of structures you can think of and if you plan on making this a big and ongoing hobby you should really investigate this further, but a quick and easy way to get started is by using a wire screen.
The holes should all leave enough room for the roots and you should plant the grape as deep as it was at the nursery (this depends on the type of grape). Plant the grapes at least 7 feet apart and 12 inches from the wall or fence. When you’re ready, make sure you gently press the soil around the plant.
Now leave the soil settle for a few weeks before you start binding the main branches.
Choice of Grape, Pruning and Harvesting
The title of this section sounds promising, doesn’t it? But the problem is: these are all topics of their own.
We’ll probably touch on a few of the topics in the future, but for now we just wanted to show you the basics and let you know it’s possible to grow wine yourself. It does require a bit more research and information than we can show you here, but we encourage you to just start and go from there.