Writer: Wes Hagen

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Pressure in the Home Vineyard: How to measure and mitigate fungal disease

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All photos courtesy of Shutterstock.com It is not lost on the well-informed winegrower/winemaker that fungi — ancient, single-cell organisms that have been on this planet hundreds of millions of years longer than

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Chat With Wes Hagen

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Live Chat with West Hagen, which took place on April 25, 2019.

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Vine Budbreak: Early season tips

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For viticulturalists, the time between budbreak and bloom is often a time to let the vines do their thing. But Wes Hagen explains that a little maintenance and care in this growth phase can save grape growers lots of time and hassle later in the year.

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Vineyard Management Review

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Are you ready for some viticultural self-reflection? When harvest is wrapping up, there is no better time to reflect on what you have done right in your vineyard and factors you could improve upon for next year.

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10 Tips for a Successful Harvest Day

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For the home vineyardist, harvest day is the most important — or at least the busiest — day of the year. Planning and preparation is critical in order for everything to run

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Wes’ Post-Harvest Quiz

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Harvest/Post Harvest Quiz: With Pro-Inspired Conceptual Cheat-Sheets Mark your answers and keep a running score in the margins. There will be a discussion of point totals at the end of the article.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Q & A Q Post Harvest Well, the growing season down here was hot and furious and I can’t believe it, but all of my backyard Zinfandel vines survived all the bugs

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Harvest and Beyond

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Ripeness & Wine Style As harvest nears and the grapes are getting ripe, we growers need to start making some decisions concerning the style of wine we want to create. The wine

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Vineyard Maintenance

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Pruning Your Backyard Vineyard Pruning grape vines during dormancy is a vital practice for keeping your vines in balance. Grape growers discovered thousands of years ago that cutting off up to 90

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Spring In The Vineyard

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Choosing A Rootstock There was a time when grapevine vineyards were planted with only 18” (46-cm) cuttings from existing grapevines. A few buds went under the ground and few buds were left

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Starting Your Own Vineyard

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Buying Vineyard Land A high percentage of my consulting business comes from wine lovers wanting to buy vineyard property. The story is usually the same: about ten years from retirement, successful in

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Annual Vineyard Growing Calendar

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In college I had a good friend from New Jersey who was convinced that Californians lacked depth of character because we didn’t have to live through harsh winters. Even though I disagree

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First Year Vineyard Care

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Planting a vineyard takes time, effort and planning. But your work is not over once the vines are in the ground. In order to have usable grapes by your third year, you’ll

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Choosing a Trellis System For Your Vineyard

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In the wild, Vitis vinifera sylvestris (the forest vine that makes wine) cannot support itself as it grows. By understanding the needs of a wild vine, it will quickly become apparent why

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Planning your Backyard Vineyard

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Planting a home vineyard is a serious project that requires study, planning, a willingness to do agricultural labor and perhaps a small streak of insanity that comes with reaching a certain level

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Buying Vineyard Land

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A high percentage of my consulting business comes from wine lovers wanting to buy vineyard property. The story is usually the same: about ten years from retirement, successful in business, getting tired

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Home Vineyard Bookshelf

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If you want to experiment with your backyard vineyard, these references may be very helpful. All are readily available from major booksellers, or the UC-Davis online bookstore: Making Good Wine: A Manual

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Cabernet Sauvignon: Master Class

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Grab a seat, take out your pencil, and get ready for an introduction into the master class on the world’s most popular grape. Guest lecturers include three experts on making Cabernet wines.

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Vineyard Queries: A Year of Questions and Answers

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This past year brought challenges and rewards for home vineyardists — and also a lot of questions for our vineyard expert Wes Hagen.

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Quest For The Big Red: Growing Red Grapes For Color and Impact

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Want to make a big smashmouth red wine with grapes from your home vineyard? Then you’ll need to grow big or go home.

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Keys to a Healthy Canopy

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“Grapevine Canopy: The above ground portion of the grapevine formed by the shoot system. It includes shoots (leaves, petioles, shoot stems, shoot tips, lateral shoots and tendrils) and the fruit, trunk and

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Growing Rhône: Varietals to try in your backyard

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An overview of the Rhone varieties you may be able to grow in your own backyard.

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Vineyard Q&A (2012 Edition)

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Wes Hagen answers your home vineyard questions.

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Vigor in the Backyard

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Vineyard vigor and how to keep it under control to grow the best grapes possible.

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15 Grapevines to Try in Your Vineyard

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Celebrating 15 years, here’s 15 grapes you should consider growing!

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