What is “Vitis Riparia?”

Vitis Riparia is simply the scientific name for the Riverbank grape. It is also known as river grape, frost grape, and wild grape.  They are notable for being indigenous to the northern and eastern parts of Canada and The United States. In fact many historians believe that Vitis Riparia was the grape variety Leif Erickson…

Feb 19, 2015- sub zero temps and a little snow

The last few weeks have brought about three inches of snow cover replacing what little was there. Last night saw the temperature at -20 below zero for a few hours and the night previous to that -14 below. Cold but nothing like last year although the snow cover last year was much greater. Pictures below…

Expanding the Vineyard

So its that time of year again when we gather clippings for expanding our vineyard as well as providing replacement plants for any winter kill that may have occurred. Basically we take clippings from a group of vines that are on my families farm land and replant them. The clippings themselves are about 6 inches…

Another tool to keep deer away.

So far our fish line and cds have worked well in keeping deer out of our new vineyard but, we have the advantage of the being situated by an alfalfa field which seems to hold their interest more than our vines. So this means we need to research other means of keeping deer out as…

Keeping Deer Out

Since our new vineyard has no fence around it this means we need to find ways of keeping deer out. Throughout the summer we found that deer were nibbling on our vines and since winters are generally harsh around here we expect the deer to be especially interested in our vines. So one of the things…

This year’s batch of Wine

Well our old vineyard had its first harvest of grapes this year and it was a small harvest due to bird damage. If you remember my previous posts concerning our fish line experiment you will know that it didn’t work out. So at the end of everything we ended up with enough grapes for a…

Wild Grape Vines In The Wild

These pictures are of wild grape vines just 50 feet away from Kesselring Vineyard. All are on the north bank of the Sheyenne and surrounding the vineyard are at least 75 large plants.