April 15th was a taxing day. At the
end of it, a sigh of relief was heard on
the valley as water dripped from the
black hoses of the irrigation system.
On the anniversary of the 3rd week of
The Big Dig there was water, and it
was good. We're almost ready to plant.
Pressure regulators and on-off
manual valves waiting to be
installed on each drip line.
2,000 ft. of PVC pipes waiting
to be installed.
Augustine clears a path for the
"trencher," a machine to cut a
An Easter Feast of roast beast that
couldn't be beat. Breakfast
featured omelets, French toast,
grapefruit and sliced potatoes
baked in chicken broth topped
with Gruyère cheese.
We rented an auger from Home
Depot for two days, to drill holes
where they could be drilledn. The
others were dug by hand. (Rodrigo
poses with the tool as Pedro looks on.)
Laying out and gluing
pipe for the irrigation
system. The main line is
1.5" schedule 40; other
areas of the property will
be fed by a 1 " line.
Augustine spools out wire
for the drip line.
Ocean View Terrace, future site of Grenache Noir,
completed! This section incorporates wooden poles,
whereas the rest of the vineyard uses metal stakes.
Jack McGinn, better known as Mr.
Greensboro, N.C., inspects the
progress on April 17th. The swarm of
bees looking for a home who
occupied the sumac tree in
background have vacated.
Valve that feeds the Tempranillo
vines of "Little Spain."
Fidel punches hole in drip
tubing before inserting
The Lion King (aka Australian
Wine Dog) inspects his domain
at the end of week two before
installation of irrigation.
Pounding the wooden posts into the
ground. The metal posts were intalled
by digging holes by hand. When we
tried to pound the metal posts, they bent
(as the ground was too hard).
Bluey inspects flushing of the drip
line. This vineyard master is in
heaven when the water is turned
on and dripping from over 700
holes (more flavors than Baskin
Robbins -- and to the Australian
Water Dog -- more delicious!)
We picked emmiters with a
flow rate of 2-gallons per hour
(although 1-gallon per hour
would be sufficient).
Fidel lends a helping hand (above)
and oversees the work (below).
Valve that feeds Zinfindel vines
on "Bobcat Hill."
Attaching drip tubing to wire at
"Top of the Hill" location,
future site of Aglianico vines.