Q. I'm getting ready to place an order for wine grape plants. Currently I have 25 plants that are 3+ years old. These consist of mainly Zinfandels and Cabernets with a few Merlots. Can you give me any info on nurseries to deal with and type of plants I may need?
A. You can wait a bit to make a wine grape order unless you tell them not to ship until late February or March. I want to avoid freezes after planting.
Basically stick with the so-called hot climate grapes. Summer Muscat is a good one for you. Others to look at include Syrah (Shiraz), Petit Syrah, Barberra, Grenache, Sangiovese, Malbec, Tempranillo,
|Zinfandel growing in Las Vegas in trials 2007-2011|
|Pinot Noir growing in Las Vegas. Not a grape I would normally recommend here but I wanted it so I grew it and it did surprisingly well|
|Alicante Bouschet in veraison growing in Las Vegas trials. Another problem with hot weather is uneven ripening of the grapes due to hot weather and warm nights|
Viognier to get you started. Look closely at Malbec if you like Malbec wines. Syrah is always a good one for blending as well as Barberra, Grenache, Merlot, Petit Syrah, Zinfandel and Primativo which some claim is a Zinfandel.