It's nice to report that all the newly planted vines have taken, have leafed and grown to about a foot tall. That's a relief. Even the chardonnay test vines have sprouted and actually look more vigorous than the others. Yea!
The original vines planted in 2015 have grown massively this season, as everything else seems to have done, and are flowering profusely, both red and white. We may actually have a small harvest this year. Next year we must prune without reserve. First, we have to learn how.
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I have decided to take a course in viticulture and stumbled into an online course. That might be a good first step, but nothing can replace on site experience. So I will keep looking. Shall I choose France and learn from the best, go the America to learn from the innovative (in English), go to England to learn from those with experience in similar conditions, Chile or Argentina for the thrill, or down under for the craic. As with all other aspects of this journey, it will take a bit of research to reach a conclusion.