26. More than just Cabernet!
The final push has begun to get everything ready for planting before the end of April. About 75% of the area of the vineyard has been cleared and weed-wacked, and 1,000 vine holes have been drilled! (Thanks Chris! Only 5,000 more to go!) Also, progress is being made toward finishing the irrigation system, which will be 100% SOLAR POWERED!
Over 20 people have already confirmed that they will be planting vines at Alta Marfa at the end of April. Thank all of you so much! I know there are still many of you who are working on making travel arrangements, but there are also quite a few of you who have told me that you want to join us, but who I haven't heard from in a while. If you are still interested in joining all of us out in the desert, please contact me!
What we will be planting has changed slightly, and definitely for the better. Instead of planting just Cabernet Sauvignon, I have added test plots of 25 vines of a bunch of different varieties. These will definitely be an experiment and it will be very exciting to see what thrives and what doesn't. Below, you can see all the different varieties that will be planted along with which root stock each is grafted to, and the number of vines of each. Below that, there are links that you can click on to learn a little about each variety. I also reduced the total number of grape vines from 7,250 to 6,039. This change was to give a little extra space in between the vines to make sure they won't be too crowded. Originally, the plan was to train the vines along wires, but once the plan changed to head training the vines, I thought it made sense to gives the vines a little more space.