A common problem in vineyards is poorly formed vines. This not only looks bad, but you lose a lot of cordon space, which in turn can account for a big loss in crop. Yes it takes a bit more effort and yes it takes more time, but you plant this vine to be productive for at least 30 years, so give it strong legs and fill the cordon properly, and you will reap the rewards for years to come.
There are many different ways to support the vines. Most commonly a piece of string is tied to the cordon wire and then to the bottom of the vine. If not done properly, and if the piece of string is not removed by year 3, the string can strangle the vine, resulting in permanent damage.
This is just one practical solution I saw at one of my farmers. Takes a couple of seconds and works like a charm.
We used thick galvanised wire, 1.3m. First we cut it into the correct sizes..
Then we put it into a drill and the other end into a bench vice.
Then a quick spin with the drill…
And straight it is! Now for a bend on the modified bench…
And then from the bench to the vineyard…
There you have it. And the best part is that you can use it over and over again! Please post if you have any questions.
Have a great day!