TWENTY YEARS LATER: Time to Replant

The first vines planted in 1989, consisted of 2 acres of Cabernet Franc and 1.5 acres of Vidal Blanc. It was supposed to be a mental health excercise but it went a little overboard and became Villa Appalaccia Winery in 1995. Growing grapes on the East Coast is not easy. 20 years ago cold winters, -9'F were a problem but insects have turned out to be a bigger problem. SO, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!

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We have cut the heads off of the 20 year old Cabernet Franc vines to make room for a new Italian white grape, Vermentino.
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The wine from these vines has always been great, but the vines are declining. Trunk damage, coming up from the ground, was the most common visual symptom.
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Trunk damge; this vine was declining for no apparent reason. When the vine was pulled out of the ground we could see the trunk damage was severe.
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Our old nemesis, Grape Root Borer. If you have looked at our old vineyard links, this has been the real problem in keeping vines healthy.
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Looks like it belongs in a bottle of Tequila! This fat grub has been eating away at one root for 2 years. They eat their way up to the graft union which is just at ground level or below.
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3 channels due to Root Borer feeding are apparent. These old vines were riddled with root damage and only the large number of roots established before infection, saved the vines.
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Some, less than 1 in 3, looked to have very healthy roots, but still many roots had chanelling; a sign of prior infection.
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Most vines, had very poor root systems as a result of infection with Root Borer.