Hello everyone! I’ve planted 9 cab. Sauvignon and 9 Chardonnay vines in 2016. I’m located in Olathe, KS agricultural zone 6A. Start of my backyard vineyard in 2016. Summer 2016 They grew very well this first year. But didn’t survive winter and had to retrain the next year. I’ve read this is common on young vines? Spring 2017 starting the retraining over June 2017. September 2017. Trunks and cordons reestablished. August 2018. The vines survived winter and was my first year of grapes! I also learned the damage of Japanese bottles the previous year so late June-early August the rows are covered in agro netting to keep them off. September 2018. Present 2019. The Cab. obviously didn’t survive winter and never pushed buds this year. This was the first winter I mounded dirt and piles of leaves about 12-18” tall around each trunk also. This winter was also very mild! No early spring frost also. Some of the cab. trunks were pretty thick/nice sizes. 2” diameters or so. The Chardonnay I’ve stripped leaves around the grapes to ensure the sun/air is keeping the grapes dry. Last year I had black rot issues! I spray weekly with neem oil. It’s suppose to be a natural remedy or aid for fungus? I try to do all gardening with natural products.