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Planting Instructions and Vine Warranty

The best time for planting your grapevines is after March 15th to the end of April. Vines planted after June 1st are not covered under warranty.

When you are ready to plant, please contact us by email or by phone two weeks prior to the day you’re ready to plant. Please email us

We will not ship any vines until you request them. 


♥ Acclimate your vines (warm them up slowly)

Your dormant vines will be stored in our warehouse at 35 degrees F. So, they need to be acclimated prior to planting. When you receive your vines, open the box and open the bag(s) inside. Make sure they stay moist in the bag in the box. There should be no standing or puddle water at the bottom of the bag. Keep the box in a cool shaded area like a garage, barn, or closet. If you receive them the first week of March, acclimate them for 5 days. For every week after March 1st acclimate them for an additional day.

♥ Pre-irrigate the vineyard

If the ground is dry, pre-irrigate the vineyard a few days prior to planting. There is no warranty for vines planted with no irrigation present.

♥ Rehydrate your vines.

Put your vines in a five-gallon bucket with the roots at the bottom and fill it with water. Let them soak here overnight before planting day.


Dig a hole with a shovel. Don’t use an auger or any other method other than a shovel. Dig 12” to 18” deep and about 12” in diameter. Add some of the original soil (free from herbicide residue) back to the hole and tamp it down gently.

When planting is complete the graft union should be at least 4 inches above the original soil line. Once the proper depth is achieved, fan the roots out like the spokes of a wheel at the bottom of the hole. Again, add some of the original soil into the hole and gently tamp down the soil. Repeat this step until the roots are covered. Then gently pull the vine upward a few inches so that the fanned out roots are now pointed downward in the shape of a cone or teepee and the graft union is 4” above the original soil line. Continue to backfill the hole and tamp the soil until the hole is filled.

Now, you have two options to protect the vine from extreme temperatures and drying:

Option 1: Use more of the original soil from the vineyard to completely cover the vine. After a few weeks, when the vine starts to emerge from the mound, clear the soil away until the original soil line is restored. Again, the graft union should be about 4” above ground. Protect the vine with a vine shelter or a ½ gallon milk carton.

Option 2: Place a vine shelter (available at—click here to purchase) over the newly planted vine and secure it to the wire or stake. Close the top. After a number of weeks when the vine reaches halfway up to the top of the shelter, open the top of the vine shelter. Do this on a day that is not too hot and sunny so the vine does not get sunburned. The vine will continue to grow and emerge from the shelter.


♥ Water the vines right after planting to settle the soil and remove any air pockets around the roots.

♥ Water the vines every week keeping the roots of the vine moist but not saturated. As the vines grow, they will need more water, but maybe less often.

♥ Anticipate extremely hot weather with irrigation prior to the event.

♥ Monitor the root zone moisture around the roots of young vines. The best way to do this is to get out your shovel and dig a hole.

♥ The root zone should be kept moist at all times and should not dry out.


Following these planting instructions will ensure a successful vineyard planting. If you follow these guidelines, you will achieve at least a 95% success rate. Grey Creek will replace at no charge up to 5% loss and offers a 50% discount on any losses over 5%. And, may the odds be ever in your favor. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need replacement vines.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us at (707) 894-1828 or email us