If you want to learn how to grow Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, you are making an excellent choice. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes can be grown successfully in a variety of soils; even in your own backyard. The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is thick skinned and it is able to survive in extreme conditions, unlike the more temperamental Pinot Noir grape. So, even if you don't live in Napa Valley, learn how to grow your own Cabernet Sauvignon grapes below:
- Get your grape vines. To get started growing your Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, you will obviously need the vines. One vine will yield anywhere from twenty to 40 pounds per season.
- Prepare your soil. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grow on a vigorous vine that grows quite easily in a variety of different soils. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grow best in places where they can get a lot of sunshine. Contrary to popular assumption, you don't want "nutrient-rich" soil. This will give the vine lots of growth and promote the development of leaves and flowers. This is not what you want.
- Train your grapes. You can train your grape vine on a trellis or arbor. This will vary depending on your location and your available space. Each Cabernet Sauvignon vine that you plant, will need approximately twenty feet to grow. Make sure you plant them somewhere where they are going to have enough room to spread out. It is common for backyard growers to use a trellis or a tree to train their vine.
- Prune your grapes. One of the most important factors in growing quality grapes is to prune the vines. Flowers on your vines might look pretty, but you want to keep the growth as small as possible in order to get the best tasting Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The leaves and flowers are competing for nutrients with the grape, so if you let both flourish, you will end up with an underdeveloped grape. You will also want to remove the grape brunches that are not growing properly, to get the best tasting grapes from the rest of the crop.