2010-2011 Picture Galleries
This page contains picture galleries
following the progress of development
of Golden Road Vineyards.
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These pictures are from our first visits to the Golden Road site
in November 2009. We visited again in February 2010 after a
"rare" big snowstorm in the area.
This gallery includes early work just after we closed in March 2010.
Land was cleared and leveled for our equipment shed that we refer to
as the "Barn." There are a few shots of the Barn under construction
and as completed.
Most of the wooded area on our property is too steep to plant. A
wooded area near the Barn had a gentle slope before it dropped
down to the river. We cleared this area, sold the best logs and burned
the remainder. Many tree roots had to be removed by hand and
the parcel will remain in a cover crop for at least a year before planting.
We rented a John Deere tractor early in the summer to use for mowing and
preparing the land. Our own JD had to be ordered and wasn't in until
later in the year. Other equipment, such as the mower, rake and fertilizer
spreader, were purchased from Tractor Supply Company.
The land on which we will plant our vines had been used as a pasture
for many years. It had an excellent cover crop of grass and clover but
had dips and holes as well as hard paths worn by the cows as they
returned to the barn. Filling the holes and digging out rocks took a good
part of the summer.
Marking the vineyard consists of establishing where each vine will be planted.
The process insures that the vines will be equally spaced and in exactly straight
Once marked, the location of the line posts for the trellis system as well as
the large end posts for each row can easily be determined. The steel posts
went in first. Wooden end posts were set in quikcrete.
While North Carolina generally receives generous rainfall, especially in the early
years the tender vines may need additional water from irrigation. We trenched
in the supply pipes and will install the drip lines on the trellis wires in 2011. The
concrete wash pad drains residue from chemical application into a grey water tank
where it will be held pending proper disposal.
We rigged up a sprayer boom on our Ranger to use to apply herbicide to the
rows. This controls vegetation in the area next to the vines. These pictures show
the second application made in 2010. Different applications will be applied after
the vines are planted.
After much preparation planting took place in April 2011. The vines arrived by UPS packed in wet wood chips. We unpacked them and put them in water until planting day. It took four work days to plant our 4,000 vines.
After planting was complete, there were many other tasks to perform: trellis wire was installed, a vine shelter and bamboo stake was put at each vine, the dirt around each shelter is dressed to seal the bottom against animals and pesticides that will be applied later and the irrigation drip lines must be installed.