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Vine Cuttings

January 25, 2010

A couple of my unsuspecting new home owners received a few twigs this week.  I’m sure it wasn’t the new house warming gift they were expecting.  But once I explained that the twigs were cuttings of cool climate wine grape vines  that could be grown in their very own new backyards I was let in the door.Siegrebbecutting2_thumb1

If you live in the Puget Sound area and desire to grow nice wine grapes in your backyard you can!  Believe it or not there are a number of nice varietals that do well in our cooler Puget Sound climate.  Siegerrebe is one of them.   It is a hardy cold climate grape great for growing in the Pacific Northwest.   It makes a fabulous white wine that pairs well with the local fare of seafood, oysters, apples and pears.   A late harvest Siegerrebe can be comparable to a Sauternes(not kidding)…when done well!  And if all  fails these grapes make fabulous table grapes that are a real treat to eat off of the vine. 

Directions for Cuttings to Vines: 

10-14″ long (from planted vines)

3-4 buds

Soak for 2 weeks in water

Start in pots or raised bed

Water and fertilize heavily

Bottom heat for a couple of weeks to start roots

Plant with 2″-3″ of vine showing with one bud showing.

Here is a list of wine grapes that grow well in a cooler climate: 

White ~ Chardonnay, Chasselas, Gewurztraminer, Madeleine Angevine, Madeleine Sylvaner, Melon de Bourgnone,  Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Gris, Siegerrebe

Red ~ Leon Millot, Marechal Foch, Pinot Noir , Regents

To learn more about and to get hands on experience growing wine grapes attend Hollywood Hill Vineyards 2010 cool climate grape growing class coming up February 21st.   

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 27, 2010 4:44 pm

    Thanks for the cuttings Maureen. I can’t wait to plant them this spring.

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