- Jan 29, 2017
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I've been thinking of doing this for a few years, mainly because its really hard to get good grapes/juice to make wine with. I own a small piece of property and it looks like I will have a smaller 25 foot by 80 foot plot for one location and another that is around 120 foot by 80 foot. I can clear out some brush too. Soil is very rocky and well drained. I really like heavy bodied syrah/cabernet style wines. A local winery owner wants to help me-but he's thinking big and wants me to clear out an acre of woods....lol. What's confused me is trying to find varietals to plant, when you go on a site like Double A vineyards they recommend hybrids that are good to like 30 below- around here it rarely gets into the single digits-never below single digits. Are hybrids like Marquette or Petite Pearl better for a small time grower than the traditional wine styles? I'd actually like 4 or 5 varieties but will start with like 20 vines to get my feet wet. As far as pests deer are bad around here, plus we are starting to get slammed by the lantern flies. Any other Pa growers like to chime in?