If you like wine, this is something cool, something almost no one ever sees. Think you know grapes do you? Well this is the modern Dionysian ground zero - the modern grapevine farm. This is the Nova Vine growing ground in Yolo County. This is where your rootstocks are grown, and this is where your budwood is snipped and bundled. Then they are shipped to Sonoma county where it is grafted together per order. Sounds boring you say? But wait, if you like grapes, this is an ampelo
Vine Budding and Grafting Friday night we had a guest lecturer, the very highly respected field graft expert, Daniel Robledo. He learned from his father, and not only is an entertaining and knowledgeable lecturer, he is one of the top experts in the country on field grafting. We were very fortunate to be able to have him teach our class.
On Saturday Morning we met at Novavine Nursery in Santa Rosa for a tour of the operations. In addition to wine grape vines, they also grow