Vintner’s Journal 10-20-09
What a week, what a week. And it’s only Tuesday. Phew.
So, we’re working our way thru the seemingly endless beauracracy that civilized and unrealistic citizens like to call Southwest Riverside County Planning Department. Less civilized, more realistic people might have a few choice other names for it — it is a 100% mindbendingly frustrating experience. You REALLY gotta love the wine game to play with these people, let me tell you. They take a lot of the joy from it.
For the life of me, I can not figure out why they call it “The Planning Dept”. There doesn’t seem to be any planning about it. You just move from one silly, conflicting department condition to another. It’s a labyrinth of confusion and misery. And I’m not being negative or complaining — I’m actually in a pretty good mood (sipping on a little Cab-Syrah blend I just put together from barrel samples). I’m just being honest.
Anyway — after my extended meetings discussing their inane nonsense, I found myself requiring a little sanity. Some degree of normalcy. So I began to work out the details of the new 4 acre vineyard block we’re looking to plant. In the end, I thought some of the facts might be of interest to you.
Land Prep: $4000
Vineyard Layout: $2800
Irrigation System: $14,000
Trellis System (VSP): $26,000
Vine Supply: $10,000
Vines: $14,520 – $17,000
Grand Total: $71, 320 – $73,800
Kind of interesting. That price includes state-of-the-art irrigation, all steel trellis, and first rate certified vines from Novavine. Details available upon request.This entry was posted in Vintner's Journal, Winemaking, Winery. Bookmark the permalink.
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