are starting out with 4 varieties of Grapes - Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc, and Riesling. These varieties will do well in North
Georgia. The vineyard is at 2050 to 2150 ft elevation. This is
probably the upper elevation limit for the area for growing vitus
viniferia. We will also be adding some French Rhone
Something we didn't know much about when we started our
grape selection, was clones. Clones? Yes, there are many clones of
the different grape varieties. I think there are over 50 clones of
Cabernet Sauvignon - much more of Pinot Noir!
We purchased some grapevine
cuttings and rootstock from Foundation Plant Services (UC Davis) to try grafting
and rooting on our own. We had limited success, so we purchased vines from
grapevine nurseries out West. We chose Inland Desert Nursery (Benton City,
WA) for our first two acres. We went to Novavine and Herrick Nursery for
the 2014 group (3000 vines). We were a little unhappy with the the
Riesling (only about 1/3 budded), so we went back to Inland Desert Nursery for
the next group of vines.
This Little Piggy Vineyard
Liberty Hill Rd
Blairsville, GA 30512
These are the four varieties we are starting out with
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