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This Viognier vine is supported by a pole because we don’t want its grapes to lie on the ground.

Most vineyards are planted in straight lines. The canes (branches), leaves and grape bunches are supported on a pole and wire system in a grid pattern, called trellising.
This Stormhoek vineyard has no wires. The vines are growing in semi-circle lines on a convex hillside, so each vine has its own pole.
We did it in this vineyard because we couldn’t work out how to tighten a wire system around a semi-circle without pulling all of the supporting poles out of the ground.
Anyway, all of the vines grow nicely in the curved lines and the grapes ripen evenly in the shade of the leaves. It works.

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