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December 2009
Vine Spacing: Is the Trend Toward High-Density Planting Going to End?
Planting density is one of the most important factors in vineyard design. Some considerations and how one vineyard manager deals with it.
by Mark Greenspan
When one thinks of the primary consideration when planting a new vineyard, besides varietal choice, one usually thinks about rootstock choice. I don’t doubt that rootstock choice is crucial, and I have seen some vineyards fail to produce adequately because the rootstock used was not appropriate for the soil in which it was planted. However, when one designs a vineyard to achieve the highest wine quality that the site can deliver, one must design for “vine balance.” What is vin...
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