Grafting a vine from Petit Verdot to Cabernet Franc

Did you ever wonder how difficult it was to graft a vine from one variety to another? Or why that is something that is done? We recently grafted several acres of Petit Verdot over to Cabernet Franc. We are using more Cabernet Franc and actually making two barrels of 100% Cabernet Franc this year! Our vineyard crew had the task to graft these vines.

 

Here is the process: we took a sliver from the Cabernet Franc vine and attached it to the root stock of the Petit Verdot.

 

Grafting
The piece of Cabernet Franc

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Cutting a slit into the root

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Inserting the piece of Cabernet Franc into the root stock

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wrap the piece so it stays in the root stock

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Wrapped up

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Cut at the top of the tie so the new piece can begin to grow

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It’s a labor of love