Bonsai Vineyard: Harvest Complete

I harvested 14 oz (400 g) of the Pinot Noir on 10/13/07. That completes the harvest for 2006; here are the details:

Pinot Noir: 21 oz (600 g)
Leon Millot: 37 oz (1050 g)
Price 17 oz (480 g)
Siegerrebe: 11.5 oz (325 g)

All: 86.5 oz (2455 g)

5 lb 6 oz isn’t a lot, but it’s more than last year’s 4 lb. I had more favorable weather last year, this year we had a cold and rainy fall and a cooler summer, and this year I lost part of the crop to critters. So, all in all, not a bad year.

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2 thoughts on “Bonsai Vineyard: Harvest Complete

  1. Gina

    I am planting some Pinot Noir vines in barrels and while researching, came across your site.
    Would you know if they are short, medium or long canes? The reason I ask is that I would like them to go upwards for a couple of metres before they get to the horizontal wiring I have put in place for them. They will be in an unheated tunnel house and we are zone 9 climate wise.
    Any assistance you can be would be much appreciated,
    TIA Gina Payne

  2. Erroll Post author

    Hi Gina,

    You have some flexibility when pruning Pinot Noir. I prune to spurs because I grow the potted vines in a small space, but I know that cane pruning is traditional. I’m trying to picture canes going up for two meters (about six feet) then horizontal along the wire. I’d say it seems odd, but then I’d have a pot-kettle issue 🙂

    Balance between fruit and vegetative growth is an important goal in pruning, and your long canes might make that a little more difficult. When you say longer canes, I think more buds. Make sure your vines don’t overbear – thin if you have to. Cane length, all by itself, might affect the quality of your grapes, but I think the overall yield is more important.


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