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Snooth User: Pattikake

Torrontes grapes

Posted by Pattikake, Oct 13, 2014.

I live in northern Ca. where we would like to add Torrontes grapes to our vineyard.Does anyone have any input to the planting...climate,growing or any other thought on the Torrontes grape LOVE it!! Were in Redding. Thank you Pattikake

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 13, 2014.

What kind of elevation and exposure? Redding can get pretty warm...

Torrontés Riojano? And will you also be making the wine yourself?

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Reply by EMark, Oct 13, 2014.

Do you know anybody at UC Davis?  It seem like that would be a good place to start.  This article indicates they have some Torrontes, there.

This article indicates that somebody is growing it in Lodi.

Another article on the same grower.

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Reply by Really Big Al, Oct 16, 2014.

You guys really put in the extra effort to help fellow wine aficionados.

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Reply by dvogler, Oct 16, 2014.

Welcome Patti,

I lived in Redding (1989-1991, first wife was from there).  DM says,  "Redding can get pretty warm"  :)

It gets so hot that I remember barely being able to go outside.  We'd spend time down by the river at Lake Redding Park just to trick ourselves into thinking it was a bit cooler!  Are you towards Palo Cedro or Whiskeytown (or Anderson!)?  Trying to imagine the best area for a vineyard.

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Reply by zufrieden, Oct 16, 2014.

It depends on your objective... does that include fine wine, or does it merely reflect an interest in some kind of leafy canopy?  The grapes could, exempli gratia be food for birds.

But... my memory of Redding is getting dim, notwithstanding a good memory of Mount Shasta.  The climate may be similar enough to certain altiplano in that country where the rain mainly falls in the plain.

Thus, why not try a comparison and make some local porch climber (or something that aspires to greater, if needs must)?  Madrid is much higher in situation but at about the same latitude - so not quite so hot in summer and not quite so warm in winter.  Yes, the Central Valley is hot-hot... even the northernmost end of it.

If you are serious about growing these grapes for wine (popular in Argentina, mostly), you may wish to move up about 600 meters in altitude from the city proper which is pretty close to sea level, actually.  But then, why not experiment?

Z.

 

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Reply by GregT, Oct 17, 2014.

I have no idea to be honest. But we used to import Torrontes from Mendoza and I've seen a lot of vineyards there. Why not check for sun hours, heat, etc., and see if there's anything you have in common? Or with the vineyards in Spain where it's grown.

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Reply by dvogler, Oct 17, 2014.

Shingletown is at 2000 feet.

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Reply by Pattikake, Jan 19, 2015.

Thanks for all your imput! We already have a winery but want to add Torrontes! I think it will do great! Tempranillo loves it here! Yes Reding is hot but when you've been here for 40+ years you get use to it! Beautiful place to live if you love the outdoors, mountains, streams, lakes, hiking, kayaking, skiing etc. and love....wine.


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