Location: 287 Robson St
Vancouver, BC
Tel: 604-650-0365
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The Vineyard

Dinners and meals are boring without the companion of wine, and you’ve never actually lived your life without a taste of it. Blue Grouse is vineyard, dining, and venue. It was established in 1982 and is located in the heart of Vancouver. Blue Grouse has an elegant wooden interior giving a warm welcome to the guests for over the years now. Wine tasting and samples are also available. If you have an event and require food please try this local Vancouver BBQ catering company.

It all started when we decided to pursue our passion for agriculture since our landscape is surrounded by lush of green grasses, high mountains, and growing trees, it was a perfect paradise to grow vineyards the winery. At first, we were hesitant to open up the business although our venue was perfect for it.

The evergreen trees surrounding the vineyard serve as a wind protection for the humbly growing crops. The soil is a combination of clay, and gravely soil nurturing the pure and fresh spring water. Because of the nutrients and the setting of the farm, the crops are free from fertilization and other plant chemicals – even with irrigation. All that is needed is a hand working hard, a heart with dedication, and a punch of commitment. Later in the year, Blue Grouse Vineyard became known to the locals and tourists as one of the most premium quality wines in the city.

Blue Grouse gradually opened for others as well. They started accepting deliveries of wine to the neighboring cities. We are now exporting our wine internationally.…

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Handling Vineyard Pests

Nowadays, growing grape is becoming more common among homeowners who have enough space to grow grapes in their backyards. Grapevines have a long life and can produce steady income for the gardeners. However, there are also pests that could destroy a grape vineyard like any other plants out there. It is imperative to know the types of pest that could be harmful to your grapevines and the rightful actions to take. Here, we will tackle some of the common pests of grapevine and how to handle them.

Foliage Pests

Grape phylloxera is a form of foliar form, and it possesses a root. This occurs in the leaves and the roots of the grapes. The best way to identify these pests it to look for tiny aphid-like insects with a yellow body. The infected plant causes the formation of tiny galls like abnormal growths that form on the leaves. Grape phylloxera’s eggs can survive the winter because it hides under the bark of the grapevine. During spring, the eggs will hatch, and it will start to move onto the new leaves to develop new galls. If the female reaches maturity, it will start to lay eggs within the galls and nymphs hatching from the eggs will crawl to new leaves at shoot tips to repeat the process. There are many generations of phylloxera each season, so it is best to handle the situation right away.

Japanese Beetle

This insect feed on over 300 species and plants and is very common among others. Adult beetle can be spotted with their brilliant metallic green head and thorax with copper-brown wing covers. Their eggs are very small and are growing in grassy areas. The leaves fed to Japanese beetles will soon wither and die. It will first cause a lace-like appearance to the leaves. Grapes can only tolerate so much of the damage from the Japanese beetles.

Grape Flea Beetle

Usually having approximately 1/10 inch, long, shiny blue-purple to blue-green, with enlarged hind legs for jumping. These insects mainly damage buds which stop them from developing into shoots that will later result in a decrease in grape yield. It is best to monitor the grapevine in early spring for grape flea beetle infestation.

There are a lot of pests that could do extensive damage to the grape vineyard like we said, it is best to do research first and the best solution for each. Always remember to monitor your grapevines early in spring and in late winter for starting activity of the pests.…

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How to Plant Grape Vines

Planting can be a fun and fulfilling activity only when you know what you are doing. Usually, people who dive into this industry are armored and packed with the knowledge on how to handle things around such as information on what type of soil is perfect for which type of plant, how deep should the seed be placed, what are the necessary steps to prepare the ground, the right amount of water for the plants, the climate needed for the plant. There is still more agro-based knowledge that one needs to acquire before going through the world of agriculture.

Growing crops can be both fun and profitable. We all know that food is a staple need to survive therefore you cannot stop people from buying plants whether you have vegetables, fruits or herbs in your backyard. The demand for this type of commodity will never be seasonal and is demand all through the year round. That is why many are interested in getting into the business, but only a few have the courage, passion, and commitment to continue in the industry. Although it may bring good statistical profit, it may take time before one can have the investment back because depending on crops, it takes the time to grow them and proper care must also be given just like when we need to grow our pets or animals.

Blue Grouse Vineyard is blessed enough to have the combination of a perfect soil and an ideal climate to start out a well-performing vineyard. The evergreen trees shield the vine crops from the sharp blow of winds from the mountain and the fresh water streaming from the river gives proper nutrients and freshness to the plants thus making it independent from fertilizers and other plant chemicals – a real 100% flavoring of premium grape.

There are various ways to plant and start growing your grape vineyard. There are steps to consider and important things to remember. We summarized in the shortest possible the simple steps in starting your grape vines.

  1. Choose the perfect type of grape. Consider what type of soil there is for you and what type of grape seed can match the available resources. These types of grapes those grow better in different places and resulting to different flavors and appearances. There are mainly three types of grapes: American, European, and Muscadine grapes. There are distinctive differences between these varieties that are worthy to note. The American grapes can grow best in warm places. European grapes are mostly common in Europe and Northern parts of the United States. Meanwhile, grapes are commonly grown in Southern US.
  1. Start preparing for grapevine cuttings. If you have an existing grapevine you can plant form; you can cut from there and plant in a new location. Be sure to cut the sections directly from the vine and that it was recently pruned off.
  2. Selecting a suitable location. Grapevines can live past beyond human life – between 50 to 100 years. So one must make sure that the place that will be chosen will be permanent and will be for good. Keep in mind that vines grow in sloped and hilly areas. There should also be enough drainage and sunlight.
  3. Preparing the soil. You should know that grapevines can be picky about their soil conditions. Make use of soil which has a slightly rocky or sandy with a pH just above 7.
  4. The trellis. Do not forget that your grapevines grow upward, so it needs support for growing. Typically, a wooden structure is made intertwined with the boards which allow the vines to crawl themselves up the support.
  5. Season to plant. It should be a frost-free day or late in winter. It’s also ideal to plant early in spring. Pruning should also be done around this season.
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