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Viking Mountain Vineyards

Viking Mountain Vineyards Viking Mountain Vineyards is a small vineyard specializing in French-American Hybrid and Vinifera grapes. We sell grapes to both wineries and home winemakers.
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We purchased our farm from the Pless family in 2009. The farm had been in their family for many years and they have been generous with sharing old pictures and the history of the farm with us. Rance Pless, the owner of the farm when we purchased it, was once a major league baseball player, and he even gave us one of his old baseball cards! We started our vineyard the spring of 2009 with an initia

We purchased our farm from the Pless family in 2009. The farm had been in their family for many years and they have been generous with sharing old pictures and the history of the farm with us. Rance Pless, the owner of the farm when we purchased it, was once a major league baseball player, and he even gave us one of his old baseball cards! We started our vineyard the spring of 2009 with an initia

08/14/2016

Beautiful rainbow yesterday over Viking Mountain. Grapes are nearing harvest. Our Traiminette is already at 17 brix and our Chambourcin is on track for mid-September.

03/16/2015

Now late winter 2015 and as usual getting antsy about getting the pruning done. A few 60 plus degree days and the sap will start to rise and the buds will swell. I spent a beautiful day pruning the vinifera if my hands weren't cramping I would say I had a good time. I have decided the short throw with the lopping shears is more manageable then the hand squeeze with the hand pruners. I know the power pruners are the trick but $1500 is a little much for my little patch! Looking forward to a good year. No late frost, not too much rain, not too many bugs, not too hot, and the raccoons respect the electric fence. Not too much to ask.

01/15/2014

We bought our vines from New York, but with the recent subzero weather, I am sure they are longing for Napa! So far they've survived drought, excessive rain, 90 degree weather in March followed by a hard freeze in April, 100 mph winds, a near miss from a tornado and now zero degree weather. Farming has its challenges....

01/01/2014

Harvest was completed in early October and now all is quiet in the vineyard for winter. But it will not remain that way much longer. Winter pruning will begin in early February to prepare the vines for next year's growth. Until then, it's time to do a little trellis maintenance and enjoy having a rest from vineyard activities. Happy New Year to all.

09/24/2013

Harvested about half of our Chambourcin last weekend and delivered a little over four tons to the winery. We will harvest the remainder in a week or so. We also fulfilled several orders for our home winemakers. There is still limited availability on a few types of grapes in quantities perfect for home winemakers. Please send us an email at [email protected] for an updated list of grapes available.

09/13/2013

We began harvest last weekend by filling an order for Seyval Blanc. We are scheduled to deliver to the winery late next week, then hopefully will fill our remaining orders from home winemakers over the weekend. Late harvest this year because all the rain slowed down the ripening of the fruit.

07/21/2013

We are now accepting orders for the 2013 harvest. Email us at [email protected] for more information! We have both red and white vinifera and French-Amerian hybrid grapes available, but quantities are limited.

06/22/2013

It's been an interesting spring, with temperatures continuing to hover in the 30's through May, even dipping slightly below freezing on May 20th. However, the slight drop below freezing did no damage and the vines are loaded with fruit. In fact, the next major activity in the vineyard will be to thin the fruit to prevent over-cropping. While the consistent rains have continued through June, temps have returned to more seasonable levels.

05/06/2013

After a slow start to the growing season, the vines are now leafing out and starting to send shoots out to climb the trellis. The cool wet spring has been very pleasant, and even though the nights have been quite cool, temperatures have remained above freezing for over a month.

01/27/2013

Just returned from the Tennessee Horticultural Expo in Nashville. The Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance and several other agricultural organizations hold a joint meeting annually. A great feature of this meeting is you can go to any of the seminars being held there, regardless of the group that is hosting it. While Henry concentrated on the viticultural and oenology related seminars, Linda went to some of these seminars, but also attended some on flower growing and agritourism. As always, we both learned new things that will help us in the coming year. But another great benefit of the meeting is having the opportunity to meet and get to know other Tennessee vineyard and winery operators.

01/19/2013

The vineyard is dormant and the last remaining leaves have disappeared. I am always amazed at how they literally disappear, I cannot find one. We have had some stout winds (the vineyard weather station measured wind speeds of 60 mph with gusts to 140, I question the accuracy sometimes) and I assume our leaves are somewhere in the next county. It does help to get any residual disease lingering on the leaves out of the vicinity. I started pruning last WE only because it was so pleasant outside. Our pruning focus will be on February. Anyone interested in a vineyard experience is welcome to join us. The recent 70 degree weather is bothersome but better now than in 4 weeks or so when there is a chance that it will last long enough to stimulate budding. It is easy to relax this time of year but before we know it we will be hustling to keep up with the vines. I am hoping that the installation of additional trellis wire will help with keeping the vines on the trellis. An interesting fact is that in our vineyard containing only 1400 vines has 59,000 feet of wire. That is over 11 miles of wire!

12/24/2012

While all is relatively quiet in the vineyard this time of year, that does not mean that there is no activity at all. Henry is adjusting his trellis system to help make maintaining the trellis easier next year. We are making plans to attend the Tennessee Farm Winegrowers Alliance meetings at the Tennessee Horticulture Expo in late January. And before you know it, it will be time to start pruning in anticipation of next year's growing season.

We wish all our facebook friends and supporters a great holiday season. We appreciate your interest during 2012 and look forward to continued updates in 2013.

Address

520 Garrett Hill Rd
Greeneville, TN
37743

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Henry and Linda DeWitt, Owners

Telephone

(706) 338-5235

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