Training vines

New vine leaves growing along the ground, Fuencaliente, March 2015
New vine leaves growing along the ground.
 

Spring is here, and the vines are sprouting all over the island.

In the south of the island, particularly in Fuencaliente, it’s dry. In a hot summer day, the wind sometmies feels almost like a hairdryer. This could turn the grapes to raisins before you harvest them, so the vines are trained low to the ground to keep them out of the wind. They’re usually planeted in hollows, or surrounded by drystone walls higher than the vines.

Vines growing low to the ground in Fuencaliente, surrounded by a drystone wall
Vines growing low to the ground in Fuencaliente

There’s little chance of the grapes drying out in the north of the island. People are more worried about mold, so the vines are trained much higher. In fact many people grow them over the patio. That way they get sun on the patio in winter, and it’s shady in summer. Towards the end of the summer you can even reach up and help yourself to a bunch.

Vines trained over the patio of a house in Garafía. (The vines are on the left.)
Vines trained over the top of the patio of a house in Garafía. (The vines are on the left.)

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