Starting a Backyard Vineyard - Part 2

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

In the last month, the vineyard has really started to take shape. We installed temperature, humidity, and light intensity data loggers, finished up the end posts, and ran all of the high tensile trellis wire. A humid August and rainy start to September has kicked off the downy mildew which has required some foliar sprays but has not dramatically impacted the growth. Overall, most of the hard labor is to an end for year one, aside from some pre-winter prep. It has been a great little project so far and should produce about 400-500lbs of wine grapes at full maturity. As the vineyard progresses, I will continue to share updates and details (read the year 3 update here). Here are some current projects and updates at year 2.

Onset Hobo Data Loggers

Installing the Data Loggers to Monitor Vineyard Conditions

This is one area where modern tech meets agriculture. To get a better grip on my local climate and seasonal extremes, I have installed data loggers in the vineyard. Generalized climate data is available for larger geographies, but some instrumentation is required to get a better handle on my microclimate at the vineyard plot. The loggers that I am using are an Onset HOBO MX2202 for light intensity and a HOBO MX2302 with the RS3-B Solar Radiation Shield for humidity and temperature. The data loggers are set to take a reading once every 10 minutes and store the data onboard. The data can be accessed from about 50 or 60ft away with your smartphone using bluetooth low energy. In my case, I can upload the data from my dining room without even leaving the house which will be handy on rainy days or winter extremes. Here is a phone snapshot of the last couple weeks since I have installed the loggers.

Onset Data Logger Readout