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01.12.2009 outdoors at warm places - 'Zilga', 'Hasanski Sladki', 'Kuzminski Sini', 'Sukribe', 'Jubilei Novgoroda', 'Rondo', 'Silva'; in unheated greenhouses - 'Aljoshenkin', 'Supaga', 'Krassavets', 'Kosmonavt', 'Swenson Red'.
The new list of recommended varieties in Estonia was composed at Polli. There are varieties recommended to grow:
outdoors at warm places - 'Zilga', 'Hasanski Sladki', 'Kuzminski Sini', 'Sukribe', 'Jubilei Novgoroda', 'Rondo', 'Silva';
in unheated greenhouses - 'Aljoshenkin', 'Supaga', 'Krassavets', 'Kosmonavt', 'Swenson Red'.
The 2nd International Conference on Northern Viticulture, Viti Nord 2009, held in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. Harri Poom from Estonia participated in the conference.
The 1st training day „Grape growing in Finland“ occured at Viurila manor. Raimo Saar and Jaan Kivistik from Estonia and Edgars Zihmanis from Latvia made speeches there about grape growing in their countries. Juha Karvonen introduced his white grape wine Aino there. This wine is allowed to sell in Finland.
The manor house of Viurila.
The landlord Günther Brüninghaus in his room.
Readers Juha Karvonen, Günther Brüninghaus, Ari Markkula, Mariusz Swietalski, Edgars Zihmanis and Jaan Kivistik. There are Juha's books and his wine Aino on the table.
Jaak Eensalu continues his story about grape growing in Estonia in the wine magazine Vine. Tanel Eigi heads there his article „Wine country Estonia?“
The first strong night frost ruined foliage of grapes at Räpina.
Jaak Eensalu arranged winemaking bee in his Annemäe farm. Andris Dishlers and Marta Igaune have arrived from Latvia. You can see video of this day.
The Annemäe vineyard.
The first crop from plantation of 'Rondo' planted in 2006.
Jaak Eensalu put into practice his new wine equipment.
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A training day at Räpina. You can see photos on the Estonian page.
Testing Estonian wines.
Exhibition of grape varieties.
Jaan Kivistik - Grape in tourist farms; co-operation between tourist farms, grape growers and wine makers.
Jaak Eensalu, Liia Kaska, Felix Buschmann - Experience of grape growing.
Marta Igaune - Wine making experience in Latvia.
Andris Dishlers, Girts Mikelsons - Grape news in Latvia.
Practical works in the garden (comparing of species and varieties, picking grapes).
Jaak Eensalu writes in the wine magazine Vine about grape growing in Estonia.
Jaan Kivistik, Raimo Saar and Liia Kaska had a trip around Latvia and Estonia
There is an experimental plantation close to Latvian and Estonian frontier at Ruusmäe. There are growing about 100 plants of 'Zilga', 'Hasanski Sladki', 'Jubilei Novgoroda', 'Rondo' and 'Severnõi Ranni'.
Rasima and Raimu Aas are growing over 140 varieties in their homegarden near Haapsalu.
Flower and Garden Fair in Tartu
Liia Kaska presented grape varieties and her seedlings. Visitors tested and evaluted grapes.
Mariusz Swietalski from Finland visited my vineyard.
Visiting the vineyard of Jaak Eensalu and the vineyard of Liia Kaska.
A training day at Räpina.
Planting and summer pruning of grapes.
A training day at Viljandi.
Participants in the garden of family Tõnumaa.
The wine fair of Estonian Sommelier Association took place in Tallinn. Some wines made by Estonian grape growers were tested there. Jaak Eensalu, Kertu Silla-Kuut, Felix Buschmann, Liia Kaska and Raimu Aas participated the event.
The fermentation of my wines made this autumn has finished. These are varieties used for winemaking: Scandia (18.09), Silva (25.09), JK 2-3 (26.09), Toldi (06.10), Supaga (22.10), JK 6-5 (07.11). There are the dates of starting fermentation in brackets.
There was a very long and mild autumn in Estonia this year. The first real night frost was at last night. I picked berries of seedling JK 6-5 for making the ice wine today.
A TRAINING DAY at Räpina.
9 wines, some preserves and berries over 10 varieties were tested at first. Raimu Aas, Marje Reinvee, Aavo Eisen, Sirje Tooding, Liia Kaska and others have brought all these for testing. Minister of Education and Research Mr. Tõnis Lukas who visited Räpina that day, could test Estonian grapes here, too.
The main topic of the day was autumn cutting and covering of vines. There were learnt how to use removed shoots for propagating grapes and for wicker-work.
A TRAINING DAY at Räpina
Grape growing in northern countries – Jaan Kivistik
Wine making and testing local wines – Jaak Eensalu
About experimental plantations of grape at Estonian University of Life Sciences – Kadri Karp
Growing table grapes – Harri
Liia Kaska told about varieties in her collection. Over 30 persons participated in this training day and visited the grape species collection of the college.
THE FLOWER AND GARDEN FAIR in Tartu
Liia Kaska participated there having along young plants and berries of 47 varieties. Räpina Gardening College presented 35 varieties.
A NEW NUISANCE
A new disease has appeared in Estonia. We noticed mildew (Plasmopara viticola) first on the leaves of 'Pamjat Dombovskoi' ['Tðornõi Bessemjannõi Zimostoiki'], 'Rondo' and 'Zilga'. Plenty of varieties alike V. vinifera have been damaged later.
A TRAINING DAY has occured in Räpina Gardening College.
Jaak Eensalu, Madli Jalakas, Harri Poom, Anneli Tiisler, Raimu Aas made speeches there.
Participants visited Erki Ilmoja's, Tiiu Oja's and Ralf Räni's gardens.
Richards Ivanovs from Latvia presented wine equipments. There were 9 grape wines for testing made by Raimu Aas, August Huik, Jaak Eensalu, Uku Kuut and Liia Kaska.
The day has been realized by Räpina Gardening College, Estonian University of Life Sciences, AS Plantex, MTÜ Eesti Viinamari, Annemäe farm (Valgamaa, Otepää district), Saare-Tõrvaaugu farm (Pärnumaa, Vändra district), Pruuli-Kaska farm (Võrumaa, Sõmerpalu district), Haava farm (Läänemaa, Oru district) and Richard Ivanovs from Riga. There were young plants, wines and books for sale.
Some shoots of our grapes have been damaged by frost last night.
Latvians Andris Dishlers, Girts Mikelsons, Edgars Zihmanis ja Elmars Kurshis visited Räpina.
Juha and Anna-Liisa Karvonen from Finland visited Räpina. They put the Finnish grape wine on the market last year.
A TRAINING DAY "Grape as a commercial culture" has occured in Räpina Gardening College. 52 learners participated there.
Kaspars Sunins, Gvido Dobelis, Andris Dishlers and Girts Mikelsons came from Latvia.
HERE ARE data of the average taste of the participants and sugar content measured by Marge Starast and Andris Dishlers on 21.09.2007 at Räpina.
Headmaster Heino Luiga greeted participants. Opening speech was "Commercial grape varieties" by Jaan Kivistik.
Marge Starast, Harri Poom, Uku Kuut, Gvido Dobelis and Andris Dishlers made speeches there.
Over 50 varieties of berries had been presented on the exhibition.
Uku Kuut storing berries for winemaking.
Guests from Latvia visiting local sights next day.
A group of grape lovers visited grape growers on Estonian islands
Aare Urm has planted his grapes on Muhu isle in spring 2005
Uku Kuut and Kertu Silla started planting their vineyard at Pöide district this year
Naimi Paulus and Lembit Kirs at Saikla offered us ripened berries
Lea Isup and her family take care of experimental vineyard of Estonian University of Life Sciences
AN ARTICLE about grapes was published in magazine KODU&AED
A NEW PLANTATION AT RÕHU HAS BEEN PLANTED
More than 400 vines are growing now in experimental station of university at Rõhu
TRAINING DAY on the topics summertime pruning and local wines in Räpina Gardening College.
Participants in the lecture room
Felix Buschmann introduced a
programm of grape pruning
Training in the vineyard
Visitors to the homegardens in Räpina
A NEW BOOK by Juha Karvonen about grapes has been published in Finland.
THREE ARTICLES about grapes were published in magazine "Maakodu".
DISCUSSION "Grape growing in Estonia" at Estonian University of Life Sciences. An organization of grape growers decided to establish there.
'HASANSKI SLADKI' and 'JUBILEI NOVGORODA' were added to the list of recommended varieties in Estonia
TRAINING DAY "Northern grape growing" in Räpina Gardening College. Uku Kuut and Kadri Karp spoke about the conference in Jurmala. Autumn pruning and covering for the winter ahead were the basic topics that time.
Participants in the lecture room and in the vineyard.
Harri Poom, Sirje Tooding and Liia Kaska sharing their grape growing experiences.
Felix Buschmann presenting the information about the grapes in Estonia.
First International Conference of Northern Viticulture took place at Jurmala in hotel Lielupe. Participants had come from 16 countries. Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, the UK, Poland, Byelorussia, Ukraine, Russia, Canada and the USA (Minnesota) participated there. The participants from Estonia were Jaanus Jõgi, Liia Kaska, Aili Kivistik, Kadri Karp, Marge Starast, Taimi Paal, Kertu Silla Kuut, Uku Kuut, Harri Poom and Jaan Kivistik.
Anna-Liisa and Juha Karvonen from Finland among the participants from Estonia.
Harri Poom presenting a report about grapes in Estonia.
Mark Hart from USA presiding the conference.
Gvido Dobelis is the leader of Latvian grapegrowers.
Visitors walking about Sabile vineyard.
Kaspars and Ieva Sunins have established new vineyards in Kandava region.
Tamara Jashtshenko from Altai visited grape collectors in Estonia after the conference.
Girts Mikelsons from Latvia visited Räpina before his trip to the Far East region in Russia.
OCTOBER 2006. In the last issue of magazine "Maakodu".
There is Juha Karvonen's news about wine festival at Sabile (page 80).
Raimu Aas (page 69) has got 70 grape varieties in his garden.
A TRAINING DAY OF GRAPE VARIETIES in Räpina Gardening College
The exhibition of grape varieties and tasting berries and wines.
Juha Karvonen from Finland spoke about making wine.
Participants in the classroom.
Visit to the vineyard of Räpina Congregation.
Visit to the garden of Ralf Räni.
A NEW BOOK about grapes has been published by publishing house ILO in Tallinn. Several photos, figures, tables and some English text help non-Estonians to use the book. SA Räpina Kultuurkapital, Estonian National Culture Foundation and AS Plantex have subsidized composing the manuscript of the book. Eesti Kultuurkapital has subsidized the design of the book. The book has been devoted to the friends of northern grapes.
FINAL ROUND of competition "HOME-MADE WINE 2006" at Haapsalu. There was a wine "Dry-3" ('Albo Varheaja', 'Mitshurinets', 'ES 9-7-48') made by August and Ruth Huik among the 12 best participants.
The jury is working.
Tõnu Kark was the quide of evening.
SUMMER PRUNING OF GRAPES. A group of people interested in grapes visited Ralf Rani's garden and vineyard of the congregation of Rapina .
Ralf Rani lets only 6-8 long canes for fruiting to his grape 'Triumph'.
Visitors on the vineyard.
WINTER DAMAGES. In January there were -30 *C at Rapina. The snow cover was thin, only 7 cm that time. Several varieties have got winter damages. Vitis riparia and its varieties hibernated well without winter cover. 'Sipaska', 'Valiant', 'ES 9-7-48', 'ES 5-3-57' do not have any winter damages. Varieties of V. labrusca have been damaged more.
APRIL 2006 The president of Society of Latvian Vingrowers and Winemakers Gvido Dobelis writes about grape growing in Latvia in Estonian magazine "Maakodu". You can read about famous northern Sabile vineyard in the same issue.
JANUARY 2006 The International Association for Northern Viticulture (IANV) was established as an unincorporated non-profit organization in the state of Wisconsin (USA).