The end of the season.

It’s been a long time since we last updated here about our vineyard adventures. Our first year was a crazy one. We planted over 800 vines and installed trellis and deer fencing, which included planting over 300 posts and running 8 miles of wire.

End of September

Some of the vines really took off this year.

We went through a drought and a hurricane. Back in April, we had a barn built on the property and spent the summer installing electrical, running pipes for electric & water over 300+ feet through some tough shale.

The ditch we dug for the water and electrical pipes.

Building the pump house.

Shell of the pump house complete!

Our fleet of farm equipment grew from nothing to two tractors, a pick-up truck, and an ATV. All of that made for quite a rewarding year, considering we purchased the land only a little over a year ago.

IN addition to the grape vines, started 150 hop bines in the ground and over 200 more in pots. We also built the trellis system for those. We had a very small harvest this year; however, it was only their first year. We’re excited to see how they produce next year.

Part of our first hop harvest.

The winery is still in the works, but, as you can see, we are a little over-extended in the funds department. Not to worry though! I still have two kidneys and I heard there is a good market for those. Next year, we plan to have hops for sale. Nugget, Cascade, and Centennial, for sure. Mangum, Mt. Hood, Columbus, and Galena, most likely. The grapevines will still be in development. We’ll be making sure they have a strong root base and canopy. We will have a good grape harvest in 2014. So, until Spring hits, we have a few months of relaxation.

Here are some more pictures from the end of the season. Enjoy!

The even bigger ditch we dug from the pump house up to the well.

At the end of the year, each grafted vine needs to be "hilled" so the graft is protected from freezing. We used dirt and straw.

Autumn approaching the vineyard.

Remember this photo? We posted this back in December 2011. We've definitely made some changes!

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