Id be a bit cautious about over investing. I've been noticing around my area here in central Virginia that every body with an extra acre has a 'vineyard'. I mean theyre everywhere...the ultimate yuppie indulgence...at least here. While I love wine, and I know that now there is a shortage of some grape, I think its being over done and shortly there will be a glut and prices will plummet.Not that long... nursery plot so the plants are only about 4 feet apart. So just over 1/4 mile.
Next spring, every second plant will be moved into its final plot at a much wider spacing.
Doing with them... I am starting to translate about 20 acres of pasture land to commercial vineyard. My pastures are now just a giant lawn. I've been looking for something to do with most of it and after scratching out business plans for goats, hops, daylillies, etc... settled on grapes. That was part of the reason behind my motorcycle trip in France a few years ago. I was visiting battlefields... and vineyards! Got a PhD education on setting up a vineyard from some real masters around Beaune and Burgandy. The people in Bordeaux were snobby pricks... but the folks in Burgandy were just awesome!!!
Our wine industry here is booming, but has a massive grape shortage. Most of the wine is only partial local-grown, the rest imported juice and must from NY and other states. So planning on doing a commercial grape crop, but not making wine myself. I'll sell the grapes for wine-making. Going to be about a 8-10 year project total. So far been at it two years and the plots are coming in nicely after last year's disaster when we lost almost every plant due to a spring hard freeze. But this year, 99.5% plant survival and they are doing great!!!
Patience... Goal is to have about 600 - 800 vines/acre within the next 10 years.
Nice, self-sustaining cash crop and a working commerical vineyard enhances the value of the Schloss Nitrocelluolse property substantially!!! Plus will give me an excuse to buy a Col Sanders outfit and sit on my deck with a mint julep yelling down at the field hands... Just 'sayin.
And after 2 days of it... I have to wait a few days to do the remainder, because the snow 'just' came off them. And every inch of my body hurts...
Not too far north of me is a peninsula that used be all cherry trees. Nowadays, it's vineyards. In fact, one of the brothers from the Oak Island show has one there.Id be a bit cautious about over investing. I've been noticing around my area here in central Virginia that every body with an extra acre has a 'vineyard'. I mean theyre everywhere...the ultimate yuppie indulgence...at least here. While I love wine, and I know that now there is a shortage of some grape, I think its being over done and shortly there will be a glut and prices will plummet.
Just my $.02.