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Easy Way to Grow Grapes
Posted on January 3, 2012.

Learning how to grow grapes is a complicated process, which is very time-taking because there are several steps involved in the whole process. Let us discuss in detail.

Select which type of grapes you want to grow: The first step in learning how to grow grapes is to select the variety of grapes you want to grow. You may choose one of the two varieties to make grapevine - European and the hybrid varieties. European varieties are commonly used for wine making in places such as California.

Hybrid varieties are more common in places where the grape growing seasons are shorter. The hybrid variety of grapes is known for its hardiness in winters and its resistance to many diseases. The choice of grapes to grow also depends on what color wine you intend to prepare. As you may know, wine is served in two colors, red and white.

Handling the grapevines: When you are learning how to grow grapes, you must remember that the quality of the wine prepared, depends more on the grapevine than on the wine maker. You therefore need to know how to do it properly. Always ensure that the roots are moist enough. However, it is not a good idea to soak the roots in waterlogged soils for long period of time, as it can damage the roots and trigger their decay.

Planting grapes: An important point to remember when you are learning how to grow grapes is that grapes love well drained soils. So, you should plant the grapes in sloping terrain, because it does not allow the water to accumulate near the roots.

Preparing the soil beds: You should remember that grapes need ample sunshine to thrive well. Therefore, prepare the soil beds by chopping off all hindrances, which can obstruct sunshine. Another important point to remember is that grapes love acidic soils (having a pH of 5) and nutrient-poor soils.

In fact, nutrient-poor soil is dry and therefore it stresses out the vine. Furthermore, the stressing out of vine will result in growing small grapes, which is what is required. Small grapes are considered to be the best for making wine, for their skin contains the required color and flavor. Unlike the small grapes, the big sized grapes have a thin skin and more of juice.

Growing grapes you should also learn about certain other crucial steps such as - training your grapevines to twine around the trellis, regular fertilization, protection from pests and infections, pruning and finally harvesting.

As a part of your learning campaign, you must make sure that your grapes are fully ripe and healthy. Diseased grapes would not produce a great wine. Hybrid grapes are generally acidic in nature. You could buy some chemicals from your local store to reduce this acidity, and bring it down to the required level of PH 5, before adding the yeast. You need to add the yeast to ferment your harvested grapes. Different yeasts add different kinds of characteristic values (taste and flavor) to your wine.

The fermentation of grapes is followed by ageing. Ageing of the fermented grapes could take months or a few years to finish. The wine eventually becomes very clear, and can then be bottled. The bottled wine needs to stay bottled for a few months before it can be used. As you learn more about how to grow grapes and make wine, you will realize that the older the wine, the better it tastes. You could purchase the corks and bottles from any local store.

The whole process of making wine is surely a long one. However, process of learning how to grow grapes and executing the same is very simple, and very rewarding at the end. If you strictly follow all the given instructions, then you can definitely expect the best results for your efforts.


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