Welcome to Spring 2023


We have not begun pruning yet. We will post a pruning class time sometime around mid-March 2023. Please check back then for the details. Let's hope Spring warmth doesn't come too soon!


We have been doing some pruning the past several weeks and have found most of our grapevine buds in good condition.  We weren't sure what to expect initially since last year was very unusual  in many respects but were pleased by what we found. We were also glad that we had no -20F or colder temps this past winter.


We are about 60% of our 1st round of pruning, which is selecting which canes we will leave for the 2nd round of pruning. Round two will come as late as we can allow it.  We wait until the apical buds, those at the far end of the cane, develop and push leaves before we cut back to the 2 basal buds, those nearest the cordon. This can give us an additional week of frost protecion since the apical buds push first. The will begin to push where pruning cuts have ben made on the cane.


After frost or freeze we get on with the other aspects of growing grapes.





Mitchell Vineyard Pruning class Spring 2022.



We will have the 1 class on Sunday, April 10 and will extend it to 1.5 hours.




Good luck with your vines this season!


Learn how to prune your grapevines so they produce a good crop of ripe grapes, perfect for wine, eating, or juice.  A few things done right can help your vines with survival and then high quality grapes. Bring your questions so you can get answers to your most pressing problems. We can work on pruning which ever varieties you may be interested in. 



                      Where:          Mitchell Vineyard                   When: Sunday, April 10, 2022

                      4252 Sunny Ridge Rd 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM    Rain, sun or SNOW!

                      Oregon, WI                               Fee: $40      each individual


                        lf you want to do some hands on prunig, please bring a pair

                        of clipper. We can provide one if you do not have one. involve more                                        hands on pruning!

Because of the continually changing Covid situation we will be as cautious as we need to be at that jtime.  Fortunately in the vineyard, being outside, we should be able to do this. We expect those of us who are ill will not attend, and those of us who do attend will take the necessary precautions. Please be safe and have a successful vineyard season! Please wear a mask if you wish to.
We will provide some useful vineyard pruning nformation. 
We will discuss when to prune, double pruning, determining the number of buds and canes to leave, what to look for and what to avoid, and the varieties you might want to plant.  We will also discuss basic problems you will encounter and what to do about them. 
We will look at Concord, Foch, Marquette, LaCrescent, and Itasca vines, or others as requested,. You may also take some cuttings if interested. We cannot give Petite Pearl cuttings since we have had to send a non-propagation agreement to buy them. However, individuals can order them personally and sign the agreement as well.
To register for the class you can call Dave at 608-225-9210, e-mail at dgmitchell25@gmail.com, or text the above phone number.or leave a message. The 2 classes can be quite different depending on the varieties we work with, and the course of the questions encountered. If undecided you can take the 1st class and decide then whether to take the second.
Attendees will do hands-on pruning, with a walk around the vineyard to see how different vines need different pruning techniques. Bring your own pruning shears if you have them.
We won't be selling many grapevines at the vineyardd this year. The Wine & Hop Shop, Madison,  Their phone ## 608-257-0099
Other sources where you can buy your own grape vines are:

Northeastern Vine Supply, Inc. 1428 River Rd., West Pawlet, VT 05775 802-287-9311

Double A Vineyards: 10277 Christy Rd, Fredonia, NY; 716-672-8493


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