Picture quiz

OK, a quick picture quiz. What variety is being grown here, and where is the vineyard? And what’s unusual about the way the vines are being grown?

9 comments to Picture quiz

  • Russell de silva

    I think it’s at Gibbston Valley, Central Otago, NZ (because you took lots of photos there).
    The obvious variety would be pinot noir (so it’s probably wrong).

    It’s unusual because the vines are grown on a stake instead of the post/wire trellis.
    Normally in this configuration at pruning time, the canes are bent downwards and tied to the stake about half way down forming a heart shape. In this instance they may just have spur pruned it at the head. (The basal buds of pinot noir are often fruitful even in a cool climate like central otago)

    The other thing that is unusual is that steep vineyards are rare in NZ, and those that exist are usually terraced for tractor access.

  • AdrianKitto

    I think this is Blackridge, which means the grape will be Pinot Noir, Riesling, Guwertz or a rarity in NZ Breidecker which Blackridge grow.

    I agree with Russell regards cane vs trellis.

  • jafa

    Waiheke Island NZ
    Vines are individually staked, rather than post and trellis.

  • Nick A

    Syrah vines somewhere in the northern Rhone? Individually staked to protect against the Mistral?

  • simon anderson

    staked rather than trellis is good. I’ll go for Riesling in the Mosel valley

  • – No idea what variety
    – Guessing that its in the Pyrenees (Spain) as there was a news item a few days ago about Europes highest altitude vineyard!!!
    – Unusual because no wire trellises, but just an individual post.

    On second thoughts, it can’t be the vineyard in the Pyrenees, because it’s just been planted, and the vines in the pic have quite a thick trunk so must a good few years old!

  • jamiegoode

    Between you all, you’ve got the answer right.

    It’s a small block of Riesling at Gibbston Valley, Central Otago. On schist – very mosel like, but I guess also a bit Cote Rotie like, too. Syrah and Riesling are the two varieties that I’ve seen grown most often on poles like this before.

    All the answers were thoughtful and pretty much got it right, at least in part.

  • Alvaro Palacios in the Priorat uses the same technique. The stakes have a cross piece though which looks very spooky in winter – like a giant hillside graveyard!

  • Donna Hutchinson

    Looks like the Cote Rotie to me.

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