We have already spoken on another occasion about planting a new vineyard, that time, our friend Oscar (from El Provencio - Cuenca) sent us the information. This time, we were able to hang out and enjoy planting vineyards. Previously, we have also talked about tasks before planting as they could be preparing the ground with the subsoiler or clean the land of nematodes with “nematicid”.
Some days ago we visited our friend Oscar in one of their new plantations when they were working and we found that it is a millimetric task as you can see in our video and photos. The planting frame which has been chosen is rectangular 3x1.4 meters and Oscar could plant about 2,300 vines per hectare (it depends on the field, since in this case the plot is rectangular). On that occasion, the variety that they were planting was Tempranillo.
As you can see in the photos, the work is performed with a tool that is controlled by a laser beam (it has a transmitter at the beginning of the row and a receiver at the end). The machine owns a receiver which commands the machine. Regarding the distance among plants, it is calculated with a cable that is tied to the start of the row, being in charge of turning the handles ranging putting plants in the soil (roots of the plants are left about 30cm deep).
This system is accurate enough, although the error between rows can be up to 10cm and this error also can be generated among plants if the cable gets mud and it is not appropriately cleaned when it is collected (it must be folded at the end of each groove). The machine is able to plant about 4,800 plants in only one day (it also depends on the configuration of the plots) and the price that this company charge is of 0.18€/plant (the farmer has a grant from the government thanks to the restructuring plan, topic that has already discussed in our blog)… Now, we have to wait some years to taste that good Tempranillo wine made in Campos Reales wintery.
Versión en español.