Machinery

All work in the vineyard can be done by hand.  I am no good with a scythe – so, here (*in no particular order), is some of the kit we’ve bought:

ATV or Quad Bike:

Invaluable for inspecting the vineyard. Saves time when running new wires up the 110m of a row.

...and it’s fun!

Spring Time Harrow:

Cultivates between the rows at a shallow depth.

Good for controlling grass in a bad year.

Bad for soil erosion – so, rarely used.

Topper:

A large lawn mower!

Controls grass between the rows...and the grass can be used to control the growth of the vines.

Flail Mower:

A vicious lawn mower!

Used in conjunction with Topper to control grass.

NB: chips up winter pruning so you give back to the soil, some of the nutrients you have removed.

Sprayer:

Controlled air assisted droplet sprayer.

Used for treating vines against major diseases and/or foliar fertilisers.

Tractors:

Massey Fergusson-Hydrostatic (low gears, low emission) work horse Fergusson TE20. 

Made in 1944, it starts every time and is used to supplement the work horse.

Land Rover:

Does everything that nothing else does.

Great for harrowing the rest of the farm.

Trailer:

Obvious – like the Land Rover.

Important for muck spreading by hand.

Transports grapes to the winery during harvest time.

SMALL TOOLS:

*Never go into the vines without:-

Secateurs:

Must be good quality.  Vines are tough!

Pruning Saw:

For old wood.

Ties:

*There is always a plant falling down!

Machine Tie:

For Spring training.

Grape Scissors:

Stems are tough.  These scissors will cut through wires...or your finger