Normally an image of a tractor in the vineyard puts people to sleep, but this image is interesting because the tractor is in our original planting of Chenin Blanc, planted in 1972 in 12 foot rows. The Chenin Blanc was grafted over to Syrah about 30 years ago.
The vines are on their own roots and although over 40 years old are still producing our best Syrah. We have re-planted on both sides of this bloc in 6 foot rows with Pinot Noir but we don’t dare mess with these old vines. Who would have thought that Syrah on Chenin Blanc root stock would produce good wine?
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