First Year Care For Your New Vineyard: Wes Hagen ’10


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The first year for any new vineyard is critical for the future success you will have as a grape grower. Learn from WineMaker magazine’s “Backyard Vines” columnist and professional vineyard manager Wes Hagen how to properly care for the newly planted vines when they are just starting to establish root systems and set the proper groundwork for good grape growing in the coming years.

Wes Hagen received his viticultural and winemaking training from the University of California at Davis extension program. He is the Vineyard Manager and Winemaker for Clos Pepe Vineyards in Santa Barbara County, California, where he grows Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for a variety of wineries including his own. Wes also covers the world of backyard vineyards for WineMaker writing our “Backyard Vines” column every issue since 2000 as well as on his blog on


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