September 26, 2010
Vineyard layout and plotting
an article about vineyard layout, and not being encumbered with any previous fields or roads, I was interested enough to try out a slightly different row alignment. There's lots of debates about row alignment, but I liked the idea/data that this article presented. In the more northerly climes, it is beneficial to tilt your North South row alignment. This is because the east facing grapes get the morning sun, and stay warmer throughout the day. A name for this is thermal momentum. So, I'm interested to see if it makes the grapes ripen in a more consistent manner, or if anyone would even be able to notice.
° (one eighth of 90°) to the West of North. I thought ⅛ would be a nice figure since we are starting with ⅛ of an acre. I had previously done some math and determined the angles and lengths we wanted for our rows. I wanted to go with staggered rows in a kind of parallelogram, to follow the edge of the island. It's nice to have our own land so we can do whatever crazy stuff we want.