Mixing different grape varieties

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  1. deiswerth

    deiswerth Junior

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    Hi guys, I planted 4 different kinds of red grapes, 3 vines of each. They are only a few years old and I have been mainly working on getting them trained on the wires. Hoping to get a decent amount of grape this year from them, but I know, nowhere near enough to make a batch of wine. How do you think a batch of wine would turn out mixing the 4 different kinds if I get enough to do a small batch? Also what can I expect to get off of 1 single variety? (3 vines each). Thanks for any info!
     
  2. jburtner

    jburtner Junior Member

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    What grapes are they?
     
  3. CK55

    CK55 Senior Member

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    you can expect about 8-9 bottles of wine from 3 vines with good yield. Basically if they are all red i dont think mixing them would hurt you just might get a bit of a different flavor profile than normal which isnt always a bad thing considering back in the day they would field blend grapevines. As in randomly plant a bunch of grapes and harvest them and then use that to make wine. Wine is not hard to make.
     
  4. salcoco

    salcoco Veteran Wine Maker Supporting Member

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    once vines are mature at about 5 years old should be able to harvest at least 15 lbs per plant which will give you one gallon of wine. you can boost the harvest to about twice this amount but you need to be diligent in pruning, fertilizing and summer pruning. the last especially to insure even ripening.
    as far a blending it is done all of the time.
     
  5. NorCal

    NorCal Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    We get around 15 pounds per plant as well and it takes around 15 pounds for each gallon of wine. The only complication would be when each grape variety reached maturity. Some grapes we grow reach maturing close enough, others mature 3 weeks later than the other.
     
  6. salcoco

    salcoco Veteran Wine Maker Supporting Member

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    to overcome different ripening times just freeze the the grapes utill all are ripen then blend.
     

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