Sunday, September 08, 2013

Getting on the net.

I joke sometimes that I wish I could bird-net all of my vines at once.  Not having to worry about losing one, solitary grape to my feathered friends is a dream of mine.   I have seen whole vineyards (and orchards) netted, but only in books and on video (when I was taking my Vineyard Management class).  I just hadn't seen it in the flesh, or rather polypropylene, until today.
A vineyard, not too far from Vinoland, has been entirely covered in bird-netting: the owners/installers have even utilised a vineyard fan like one would the centre-pole of a circus big top. Wow!  It's pretty impressive to look at.  And it must have cost a pretty penny.   I seem to remember this particular vineyard was for sale a couple of years ago and I believe the parcel was just over ten acres.  I don't know exactly how much of that acreage is planted to grapevines, but I'm thinking that netting even just one acre would be quite an undertaking.  
Dream on Vinogirl.


Dennis Tsiorbas said...

"Where there's a will. . ."

Vinogirl said...

NHW: ...And an empty bank account!

About Last Weekend said...

Stunning photo - I am reminded that Napa is still more beautiful and pristine than Sonoma.

Vinogirl said...

ALW: The wider, more open spaces in Napa tend to suggest a more 'manicured' approach to viticulture...both valleys are beautiful.