亲爱的观众们 大家好 我是Nicole
Hello, lovely people! Nicole here.
I am staying at a friend’s house in Southern California.
And they actually have their own little vineyard right here on their property.
And I thought it would be really neat to show you
how to grow grapes the right way.
It’s a particularly interesting time of year to be here,
because these vines are just waking up from their winter slumber.
In a few days, these will be reaching up,
and growing tendrils that will grab onto these wires
and will lift themselves up.
And if we were here in the summertime,
these wires would just be full of vines and leaves,
and eventually grapes hanging down.
Now, when you prune grapevines, you actually prune them just before the spring.
So these these have just been newly cut.
All of that old growth from last summer
has been cut away to allow for the new growth.
These vines are called Tempranillo,
which is a Spanish variety traditionally used for blending and wine.
So these are not table grapes.
Their skins are a bit too thick and chewy.
You don’t want to really eat these.
What is wonderful about this variety is that
the clue to their ripening stage is in their name.
So the word, temprano, in spanish means early.
And Tempranillo is an early ripening variety.
So these grapes will ripen before a lot of other varieties,
that are typically grown for wine.
But what I really would love to show you is,
the structure and also how they water these vines,
which is an incredibly sustainable way of watering a vineyard.
So as you can see, the structure here.
We’ve got main wooden posts going throughout,
with these metal posts that are kind of the guides for the wires.
They have a little notch here
that you feed the wire into and it gets into the hole.
And it and it’s nice and sturdy, right?
The trunks of the vines come up.
And there they’ve got little… It’s kind of poles attached,
to just sort of train them on where they should go.
And then they’ve been trained to go each way.
Now what I love about this particular vineyard
is that this water all comes from water caught by the gutters of the house.
So the gutters are feeding the water into a cistern.
And that main barrel has a pipe that feeds under the ground,
and comes up at the beginning of each one of these rows,
and then runs along this black water pipe.
And this black water pipe has, at each stem,
nearly each stem, a spout at each basically root base,
so that the water is not being wasted.
And it’s not being over watered.
It is just pinpoint precision watering.
In a drought-prone area such as this,
they are not depleting the water table.
And that’s why I find this such an inspirational way to grow your own grapes.
亲爱的观众们 大家好 我是Nicole