Vineyard work experience

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Vineyard work experience

  1. 1. VINEYARD WORK EXPERIENCE<br />Alix Muir<br />
  2. 2. When and where<br />June & July 2010, Church Road Winery, 150 Church Road, Taradale, pruning<br />August & September 2010, Linden Estate, RD2 Esk Valley, Napier, vineyard maintenance, planting new vines, assisted with sprayer calibration<br />
  3. 3. Pruning<br />Majority of my work experience was pruning at Church Rd<br />I pruned 1 acre of Merlot on hill behind winery to 2 canes<br />This vineyard produces 2 tonnes of fruit for the winery in good years as it is a vigorous site<br />
  4. 4. Pruning Equipment<br />Secateurs<br />Loppers<br />Saw<br />Anti-fungal paint<br />Twisty ties <br />
  5. 5. Pruning<br />Photo of fully pruned vineyard. Vineyard is 1 acre and has approximately 1400 vines.<br />
  6. 6. Safety equipment for pruning<br />Church Road has strict health and safety rules.<br />For pruning I had to wear a high visibility vest, safety glasses, a non-cuttable glove and steel capped boots.<br />
  7. 7. Other vineyard jobs<br />The rest of my vineyard work experience was done at Linden Estate<br />Jobs included<br /><ul><li>General vineyard maintenance (eg burning black berries & fixing end assemblies)
  8. 8. Planting new vines
  9. 9. Assisting with sprayer calibration and spray schedule.</li></li></ul><li>Pros<br />Great view from vineyard when pruning<br />Couldn’t prune in the rain<br />Managed to do a range of jobs even though it was winter<br />Was able to put some of my theoretical knowledge to practice and learnt a lot.<br />
  10. 10. Cons<br />Getting whacked by shoots when pruning<br />
  11. 11. The End<br />Thank you John Earney from Church Road and Trevor Shepard from Linden Estate for all your help.<br />

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