Happy New Year! In this episode, we welcome Joe Juniper of Vermillion Valley Vineyards, the second-largest vineyard in Ohio. In close proximity to Lake Erie, Joe is with us to discuss what it is like to grow vinifera in an area with very harsh winters. Joe has become an expert in managing extreme temperatures and precipitation variances, including mastering innovative cold pruning practices.
Growers in northern climates typically grow cold-specific, hardy hybrids, but through some unique practices, Joe has mastered growing vinifera in a harsh winter climate. He may have some nice days to ripen vinifera during the season, but you won’t find how to survive the winters in vine training textbooks.
Listen in as Joe shares some of his cold-weather pruning and vine training practices with us.
In this episode, you will hear:
- Joe’s concept for vine pruning and how it differs in his location.
- The “bonus cane pruning system” and “spare parts viticulture.”
- Strategies for vineyard design to prevent disease and promote vine health.
- The importance of bud count and spur positioning for ideal fruit yields.
- The differences between spur pruning and cane pruning.
- Pre-pruning practices to protect vines from winter damage.
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Today’s Guest:Joe Juniper is the co-owner and winemaker at Vermillion Valley Vineyards in Vermillion, Ohio.