Spacings of grapevines

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Spacings of grapevines

Post: #285276 JT101
Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:05 pm

Hello everyone

I have brought on some grapevine cuttings to be planted out at some stage in rows. The question I have never managed to get answered is how far apart the rows should be spaced and how far apart the vines within the rows?

The vineyard is going to be a small one on an allotment plot in SE london. Soil is heavy clay, and vines will run N-S with full sun most of the day.


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Re: Spacings of grapevines

Post: #285279 Odsox
Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:56 am

I don't know for certain, but trying to remember the last time I was in a vineyard, I would say about 6 feet between plants and also 6 feet between rows.
If you are short of space you could probably reduce both of those measurements to 5 feet.

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Re: Spacings of grapevines

Post: #285352 dave45
Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:36 pm

I think many commercial vineyards spacings between rows are driven my the need to get tractors/machinery between them. This summer in the Loire valley (Chinon) I noted the "goblet" low pruning method - vine plants are less than a meter apart and the rows are about a meter and the plants don't grow more than a meter high.

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Re: Spacings of grapevines

Post: #289878 michelle103
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:29 am

I agree with dave45, a metre apart is a good spacing for the plants to not compete with each other. I started growing my grape vines about a year ago but recently found this care guide online which is helpful IT doesn't mention about the spacing but it's got some useful information on other areas of caring for your grapes.

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Re: Spacings of grapevines

Post: #289882 Weedo
Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:08 am

Oz vine spacings are probably different - Dave45 is correct in that row spacings are determined by machinery needs although in Oz it seems that with more mechanisation for picking and pruning (usually straddle machines) and availability of smaller 4WD tractors the row spacings are reducing. I look at table grape trellising and spacing recently; these were recommended at 1.8 to 2.0 metres generally but a little tighter for Muscat - this is on T or Y shaped trellisses. Wine grapes seem to be planted more densely at about 1.5 to 2.0 metres.
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