Approximately an acre and a half of HVRL property has been traditionally allotted to viticulture. In the last decade it had been planted with thirty different varieties of V. vinifera, V. labrusca and French-American hybrids and their performance under HV climate conditions and soil had been tested.
Following the current tendency in local grape production and its affinity toward Bordeaux and Burgundy varieties, our lab is establishing a new clonal and rootstock trial to evaluate attributes of Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir clones. The new vineyard will include five clones of each variety grafted to 3309, 101-14 and Riparia rootstocks. Besides the evaluation of vine performances and fruit quality, this research should expend on a comparative analyses of the wine made of experimental grapes.
The second goal of viticultural research at HVRL is to address the most common issues of Cabernet Franc vineyard management and recommend a sustainable solution.