I want to share some experiences with you in this blog. And this blog is about how to build a trellis for vines. I’m going to show you why you need trellises. My friends call me the grape master because I’ve been growing grapes and making wine for many years. So, I’m going to cover the following material briefly.  I will show you why you need a trellis system for your grapes. An essential component to success with mechanization in the vineyard has a well-structured trellis system.  I’m going to show you the different types of trellis. I will show you why you need a trellis system before you plant your first vine. How To Build a Trellis For Vines

How To Build a Trellis For Vines-High Versus Low

When constructing your trellises, decide if you need a high or low-trellis system for your vineyard. And what can they be built from? You need great trellises if you wish to grow your grapes for winemaking. Interwoven construction is required to support the grape vines. Beyond just supporting the vines, trellises allow aspiring winemakers to grow their grapes in small spaces like their backyards.

Trellis System For the Oldest Vine

In the middle of the ancient city center on Lent, the oldest vine plant on the earth still grows in front of the Old Vine House. The approved age of this “Žametovka” or “Modra Kavčina” vine is above 400 years, which got it a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest noble vine in the world still bearing grapes. The Old Vine is proof of the rich wine history of Maribor, Styria, and all of Slovenia. But for this blog is even more important that this vine alone still provides a significant amount of unique wine—just one vine in one trellis construction. Someone had, for sure, an excellent idea on how to construct these trellises for such a giant vine.

Decorative or Functional

Even if you have acres of ground, you need trellises for your vines because the vines can’t bear fruit on the floor. A grape trellis can come in any form or material possible. You can choose between either a decorative or a functional trellis. An ornamental trellis is ideal for smaller backyard vineyards. This type of structure would be made to adorn your mini vineyard. But useful trellises are better for more extensive vineyards built to produce grapes for winemaking, as no one working in the vineyard will care if your vines are shaped like dolphins or dinosaurs.  Whatever your choice for trellises, remember that you can either assemble them yourself or buy them from someone making a supply store. If you have a large vineyard, it would be wise to have the trellises constructed for you.

Construct Your Trellises Before You Plant

Trellises can be made from iron, aluminum, PVC pipe, wood, and even stainless steel. Construct your trellises before you plant your first grape plants. The ideal layout for your vineyard is an 8 by 8 area for each one of your vines. There are two basic trellis heights. High trellises are best for warm climates, and low trellises will protect your vines during harsh snowy months. It is best to cement the posts of your trellises to ensure they don’t collapse under the weight of your grape crop. After setting up the grape trellis, you only need to wait for the vine to sprout. You’ll see some shoots growing out of the stem as it grows. Choose the strongest among all the shoots and attach it to the stake using strings or a piece of cloth. So now you have your vines planted. Train to lattices and adequately prune.

Last Step

The next step is to sit back, enjoy a glass of wine, watch nature take its course, and produce a bumper crop for your grape and winemaking pleasure.

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