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Fast-Growing Vines and Under Vine Mowing

Welcome back to our vineyard blog, where we aim to keep you informed about the day-to-day operations at Spring Hollow Vineyard.  In this second post, we’re delving into the world of fast-growing vines like our Rondo and Solaris, and the importance of under vine mowing in maintaining a healthy vineyard ecosystem without the use of chemicals. 

One of the key aspects of vineyard management is ensuring the optimal growth and development of our vines.  Trellis systems provide a structure for the vines to grow along, allowing us to efficiently manage their growth.  By training the fast-growing vines to be tucked in and secured to the trellis wires, we create a controlled environment that encourages upward growth.  This also prevents them from sagging or sprawling across the ground.  This elevation further aids in promoting air circulation, reducing disease risks, and simplifying vineyard maintenance tasks. 

In any vineyard, managing the competition between and under the vines and other plant life is crucial.  Under vine mowing is an effective technique employed to maintain the balance between healthy vine growth and minimizing competition from weeds and other vegetation creating a clear zone around the base of each vine, reducing competition for water, nutrients, and sunlight.  This practice helps the grapevines to focus their resources on fruit production, leading to improved grape quality and yield without harsh chemical use. 

Under vine mowing also aids in preventing the growth of cover crops or weeds that can harbour pests or diseases detrimental to the vineyard. Furthermore, the mowed vegetation can be mulched, returning organic matter to the soil and enhancing its fertility, which is essential for sustainable vineyard practices. 

At our vineyard, we strive to optimize the growth of our grapevines to produce exceptional wines. Through the strategic tucking of fast-growing vines into trellis wires, we harness their potential for maximum productivity and grape quality. Additionally, our meticulous under vine mowing practices ensure that the vines face minimal competition, resulting in healthier vines and a thriving vineyard ecosystem. 

Stay tuned for more updates on the day-to-day running of our vineyard, as we continue to share insights and techniques that contribute to the cultivation of extraordinary grapes and the crafting of fine Welsh wines.  


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Spring Hollow Vineyard in Full Bloom: A Season of Sunshine and Growth

Introduction: Welcome to our vineyard blog, where we would like to share the latest updates and stories from the world of growing grapes for winemaking in South West Wales.  Join us as we explore the captivating beauty of our vineyard during the ever changing Welsh weather.

Spring Hollow Vineyard – Rondo
Inflorescence (Grape Flowers)

The enchanting display of the tiny inflorescence in bloom are delicate little clusters of flowers and the key to the vine’s reproductive cycle, transforming into the grapes that will mature over the coming months.  Although the inflorescences are self-pollinating, the bees and other pollinators are still busy amidst the vines, ensuring successful pollination and setting the stage for a fruitful harvest.

The current hot summer days are bringing abundant sunshine and warmth, creating an ideal environment for vine growth. The sunlight provides energy to the vines, nurturing them through the critical stages of flowering and fruit set, and will contribute to the development of flavourful grapes to enhance our wines.

As we embrace this unusually warm weather and witness the delicate inflorescence in our vineyards, we anticipate the upcoming harvest with excitement. Stay tuned as we document the journey from flowering to harvest and the creation of exceptionally good Welsh wines that capture the essence of our remarkable land.

Cheers to all Welsh vineyards in full bloom!