Constructing the Trellis
already decided on a training scheme when planning the vineyard.
However I wasn't sure of the details of the trellis construction. In
order to put the job out to tender I needed a specification. Again I
went back to "From Vines to Wine" for advice.
the end I compromised with the scheme that Cox recommends in the book and
one I had seen from the Department
of Horticulture at University of Missouri. This resulted in the final
tender was won by Robert Bishop Fencing. A week later Robert himself duly
arrived to start the installation. The following week was probably the
worst weather-wise so far this year, but Robert soldiered on none the
end posts were the first to go in. Robert had a small auger to help
get them in but still had to largely drive them in by hand to make sure
they were firm.
below the end posts were braced to a bracing post that was sunk in four
feet down the row. The spec had called for these posts to be sunk further
away but Robert was unable to get long enough bracing posts so as a result
the bracing was going to interfere a bit with each end plant, but only
really at ground level.
plan was to use Tubex "Vine Originals" round the plants while
they were young. These were quickly and efficiently supplied by Cheviot
Trees. The tubes are held in position by being attached to a wire at
just over two feet above ground. The positioning of this wire is quite
critical as if it is too high it tends to pull the tubes out of the
ground. We still have a problem to this day with row No 2 where Robert was
a bit high!
recommendation for tensioning was simple and cost effective. He fixed
each end of the wire firmly to the end post and then in each run of wire
Robert installed a Gripple.
These wonderful devices are like one way valves for wire. You can pull
wire through but can't slip back. So with my Grippler tool I can now
re-tension any wire by simply yanking the end. My only one fear with
this method is that in time the vines may prevent easy access to the
after a tough week and a half everything was done and we were just in time
for planting. Just as well really as the vines had arrived at the start of
the second week.