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"In simple, straightforward, yet extremely knowledgeable terms, Powers takes home gardeners through the logical steps in planning, implementing, and maintaining a home vineyard... a good bottle of wine may now be as close as their own backyard."

(The East Oregonian)

“This book is absolutely packed with solid information on where to begin, what you need and how to do it.”
(Natural Home and Garden)

“Learn how to design and build a backyard vineyard, select the best grapes for your region, use the latest organic techniques and store the bounty for winemaking.” 

(Wine Spectator)

"Wine lovers who dream of planting vines at home, whether they have room for one acre or a single row, will find valuable advice in [The Organic Backyard Vineyard: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Your Own Grapes].Emphasizing ecologically sound practices, author Tom Powers carefully maps out the steps would-be vignerons should consider to ensure success."

(DoItYourself.com)

"Everything that the novice grower needs to know about planting their own vineyard.”

About the Author

Tom Powers operates Alhambra Valley Ranch, a 58-acre sustainable family farm in western Contra Costa County, California. It produces grapes for wine, olives for oil and curing, and summer vegetables, including the best-tasting Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes in the world. On two hillside pastures Powers raises goats, sheep, llamas, and emus, many of them retired or rescued farm animals.

Powers started his farm in 1998 and has planted hundreds of backyard vineyards in Contra Costa and surrounding counties under the name of Diablo Vineyard. In 2005 he started a small commercial winery on his farm. His varietal wines and blends are sold directly to friends, neighbors, stores, and restaurants. He also added a greenhouse operation so that he can get his prize Cherokee Purple tomatoes to market in May instead of July.

These activities constitute the fourth or fifth career for this former attorney, county supervisor, realtor, and consultant. However, Powers is from a long line of farmers, including his grandfather who started one of the first farms in the Imperial Valley in 1910.

Tom Powers was awarded Contra Costa County’s Sustainable Farming Individual of the Year award in 2009. In addition to the ranch, he runs the Alhambra Valley Olive Oil Company and Alhambra Valley Wine Company. He also chairs the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust Board and the Contra Costa County Agricultural Advisory Board.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604692855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604692853
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is an easy afternoon read with nice photos. If you are looking for a simple plan and overview this is the book for you. If however you are really wanting to explore the topic in detail, this isn't it.
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Want to grow grapes. . . this book will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know. Even if you don't want to make wine, but want some grapes for eating. . . this is a fabulous comprehensive book for ALL aspects of gardening with grapes. I never planed on planting grapes, but now I want to!
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An easy to understand, give it to me in a nutshell guide to growing grapes. It motivated me to order 30 rootstocks.
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Love this book. Great pictures, great advise, great overall! Highly recommend to anyone looking to get into growing a Vineyard! 100% happy with my purchase...will definitely buy as a gift for people I know looking into growing as well.
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Appears to be a very complete book on Vineyards, it seems to be right on the information. I am intending to start a vineyard this next year, so I have purchased two other books on the subject and glean the collective information from all three. Ask me again in four years, I'll either praise it or burn it by then.
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As someone who loves gardening and would love to have a few rows of vines planted in the future I found this to be a great book to use as a reference to get started. I think it would be especially helpful to me as both the author and I are located in the Bay Area so some of his specific examples and recommendations are already tailored to my climate. I was appreciative that he stayed on topic throughout the book and didn't try and delve into other aspects of gardening or wine making that weren't specifically applicable to growing grapes.
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This book in very concise and informative. It shares info on many different varieties and very specific info on areas of growing and the cultural aspects of vinting and developing a high quality product, which is such a very important aspect of being a vintner. Books like this are very valuable~worth their weight in gold!!
~John McCowan of Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca.
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THIS BOOK WAS GREAT, HAVING ALL THE INFO I NEED TO PLANT A SMALL VINEYARD FOR HOME MADE WINE. BOOK WAS AS LISTED AND SHIPPED FAST. AN A+++++ DEAL!
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