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#1 Mauro

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 06:58 PM

Here is a loaded question, which I know will get various answers based on climate and weather condition's for the year.

About how many Lbs/ Tons of grapes can be produced on 1 acre average spacing ?

How many cases of wine ? 750L

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 07:18 PM

The quantity can vary all the way from 0 - 10 or more tons/acre depending on many factors. High quality wine is produced in the range of 4-8 tons of grapes per acre. 150-160 gallons of wine/ton of grapes is the approximate yield. Of course, there are a dozen or more variables that affect the actual yield from an acre of grape vines.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 08:39 PM

Mauro, do you have a place picked out that you're planning your vineyard for? Weren't you looking at a place in Western South Carolina?

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 08:57 PM

Western North Carolina, Murphy

I am in the very basic stages of research, development and economics. I will start very small, 1-3 acres and build from there so I don't get in over my head.

I'm actually looking for 10-20 acres for future expansion and future sale if successful .

Again, I'm not sure if it is even feasable but it's worth looking into
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Posted 13 November 2011 - 09:01 PM

It's all about variety and cropping. I know one local grower that produces Pinot Noir at about 2.5 tons/acre. I know another who has gotten Niagara grapes to produce 11 tons/acre.
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Posted 13 November 2011 - 10:37 PM

Western North Carolina, Murphy

I am in the very basic stages of research, development and economics. I will start very small, 1-3 acres and build from there so I don't get in over my head.

I'm actually looking for 10-20 acres for future expansion and future sale if successful .

Again, I'm not sure if it is even feasable but it's worth looking into



Just in case you didn't know about it, there is a web site that lets you map out the soil characteristics of a site you might be considering: http://websoilsurvey...SoilSurvey.aspx

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 06:59 AM

Mauro,
Why don't you try contacting the NC Ag Extension Service. Murphy is in Cherokee County, NC. This is their address & phone number:

Cherokee County
39 Peachtree St
Suite 103
Murphy, NC 28906

(828) 837-2917 Phone


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Posted 14 November 2011 - 07:08 AM

more than enough for my yearly needs! Heh! Heh!

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 08:31 AM

Mario,

I am just now putting in an acre of vines in San Diego, CA. It is exciting. This forum is a wealth of help and information. I want to second surlees suggestion about contacting the local Ag Extension office. They can be a great deal of help. Also, visit or contact any vineyards around that area and talk to the owners to get specifics re: the area. Most all are more than willing to share their experiences and insights. The best of luck to you. It is exciting! Gary
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 09:01 AM

Thanks guys ! That is very helpful !
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 09:01 AM

Thanks Surlees !
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 10:12 AM

One more suggestion, look at the Forum: Grape Growing and Vineyard Management. Almost all of the issues you might encounter are dealt with here. I have learned a lot and you cannot ask a "dumb" question. Well, you can't ask it more than once anyway. I have found the help here fantastic and I read it almost every day. Good luck.
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Posted 14 November 2011 - 11:00 AM

Say 3 tons/acre, I hear that advertized as being an amount that allows quality over quantity. Lets also use an average of 15lb/gal as our factor, knowing this varies with variety and other factors. So 6000lb/15lb/gal = 400gal x 5bottles/gal = 2000bottles/12bottles/case = 166 cases. At $100/case you'll gross $16700.

Don't forget that every fourth year you might not get any crop at all due to weather.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 01:39 PM

And if one calculates the man hours of labor involved and pretends to pay oneself say $10 an hour, then it is possible that your calculations will show it is cheaper to buy your wine instead of grow it. But hey, it is more fun and keeps us out of trouble - right? :-)

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 02:06 PM

I'm sure it's less expensive to buy California grapes in Tennessee than it is to grow grapes. I have 600 vines and they're not cheap in any year.

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