Grapes – Wine Varieties Suitable for Small Spaces

Q: What variety of grapes for wine will grow well in a small yard?

A: The University of Georgia recommends ‘Aurora’, ‘Delaware’ and ‘Norton’ for wine making in our area. The words “small yard” worry me. A very vigorous vine might yield 4 bottles of wine. You need 10 feet of row per vine and rows should be 10 feet apart. So basically you might get 4 bottles of wine per 100 square feet of area. The spot must be in full sun and the soil in the entire planting area must be sandy loam. Don’t expect to harvest many grapes for the first three years. I don’t mean to dissuade you., I’m just letting you know up front what you face in your oenophilic quest.

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