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    Wild Muscadine propagation

    Luckily the closest row crop to me is about 5-10 miles away. Only farms close to me is my organic blueberry farm. Most of my wild cutting would come off of my land and they are the vines my family has gotten wild grapes for our muscadine wine for years. I might just try and keep my wild vine...
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    Wild Muscadine propagation

    Thanks for the advice! I've never heard of that particular nursery before. I have been looking at some from Willis orchard out of Georgia though. Most of the vineyard will be in regular muscadine vines but I want ed to try the wild propagation because I feel it would be very popular in the...
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    Wild Muscadine propagation

    I was hoping to use the cutting propagation method since we already have three misting beds set up from where we had to propagate the blueberry plants to use on our farm. I'll try the layering technique to get some plants to use in my test vineyard next spring. If all goes well I'll be...
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    Wild Muscadine propagation

    No rocky soil in the coastal counties of NC and most of my cuttings will come within sight of my vineyard location.
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    Wild Muscadine propagation

    I'm hoping to buy some land and put in a vineyard for a winery in the future and have came up with a idea. All of the best muscadine wines I've had have a certain percentage of the grapes are wild muscadines that we picked from the woods. If I take cuttings from wild vines and propagate them and...
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    Differences in making wine.

    Only problem with the UCD distance learning program is that it is really expensive and working as a paramedic right now and trying to help on my days off at the farm money is something that's not exactly abundant right now lol
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    Differences in making wine.

    Yeah I'm hoping to set up my own commercial winery in the next 5 years. We are expanding our operation hopefully by about 200% if the land purchases go through. The larger winery in my area supports the viticulture and Enology program at a local community college. It's nothing like UC Davis but...
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    Beginning a Winery

    Mostly Muscadines. The research farm not far from me has a variety that they have been experimenting with and they say it's done well. Muscadines grow really well in my area. There are literally thousands of wild vines and there are several farms that grow them for a large winery here. About...
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    Differences in making wine.

    No I know it sounds crazy but depending on what varieties of berries I'm using ( highbush vs rabbit eye) and how sweet the berries are and how many pounds of soft berries I can get depends on how much sugar I use. My last batch was 52 lbs of blueberries and 48lbs of sugar and I added 30 gallons...
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    Differences in making wine.

    I understand that as a commercial operation will be much different than my hobby wine making. I am actually starting a Viticulture and Enology program this fall. I'll probably still make my hobby wine the same way just for the sake of preserving a family tradition. My family and extended family...
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    Differences in making wine.

    Yes it stays in that one barrel until the fermentation process is over and then I filter it and bottle. Usually let it sit in the bottles for a few months before I open the first bottle. I've never used yeast or any additives just the fruit which is usually the soft fruit from our packing line...
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    Beginning a Winery

    Does the TTB have the regulations in a format I can download and read? I've tried to find it on their page but it keeps popping up as site unavailable
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    Pink Lemonade Blueberries

    Yeah we lost 75% of our crop last year. Hoping we have a better year this year but our O'Neal varieties are already halfway bloomed out. It's frosted the last 3 mornings after a week of it being 80-90 here in Eastern NC
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    Pink Lemonade Blueberries

    We have 9 different varieties on our 45 acre farm. We planted one pink lemonade bush but it hasn't done that great.
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