AMERICAN DREAM PLOT
American Dream Plot is the first plot planted with cold hardy varieties as well as vitis vinifera grafted on cold hardy rootstock. They are the Marquette, cold hardy variety and Traminette, Seyval Blanc, Reisling, and Pinot Noir. The American Dream Plot was planted with 1053 vines in 2010. The first few years, there was worries that the vitis vinifera will not survive the harsh winter of the North Country. Therefore, vines are uphill with dirt and uncover in spring. It was labour intensive process for a few years. However the Seyval Blanc and the Traminette on the last 2 rows survived the winter months without uphilling.
Last year 2012, another method was introduced to cover the delicate vines. A thermal blanket was put over the Pinot Noirs and the Reislings. It is less labour intensive and an easier process than uphilling.
To date we have not lost any vines under the thermal blanket.