One Acre Napa Valley - Yountville AVA - Episode #3- End post anchors

One Acre Napa Valley – Yountville AVA – Episode #3- End post anchors

hi my name is Dave and welcome back to one acre in the Napa Valley we're here in the Yountville district for episode number three which is in post anchors now depending on the type of trellising system that you're using and of course depending on how long the rows are in post anchors like what you see right here that I've already installed can be very helpful and sharing the weight that the post is going to have to bear once the vines and the fruit are on the on the wire system without an end post anchor what can happen and again it depends on the trellising system but what can happen is the posts can actually be pulled toward each other as the weight of the fruit and the plants is on that now there's a lot of different type of anchoring systems that can be used just like there's a lot of different types of trellising systems but one that's worked well for me and it's actually pretty easy to install is what i have right here this is the anchor itself if it was just a piece of tubing or metal that went into the ground it wouldn't be much of an anchor so there's a feature to this that makes it a good good anchor and that is what you see right there at the tip once this is driven into the ground then there's a pin that slides down inside of this once it's at the ground level and the pin then drives out these metal tines that come up in a spiral come out in a spiral kind of a curlicue mode and that is actually what creates the the anchor itself so let me show you how these go in and how easy it is to do you can do these all by yourself if it works out that way so the first thing that I usually like to do is just to make a spacing easy and they just cut this about 3 feet long that way I know where to put the anchor in relation to the post and this little plate helps hold that as I drive it into the ground so actually the first thing we'll do is we'll put this clip on it and that will be what we attached the wire to this then slides down inside of the little plate that will create a barrier so it don't just lose it down in the ground so there's the distance out I need to be move my PVC out of the way we'll put that down in to start it like this and a sledgehammer is what we use to begin to drive it down in these go in pretty easy the ground here is reasonably hard though so just pound them down in let me stand back a little bit get these down in a little bit more goes in pretty easy now once it's down inside that plate there the next thing we'll do is use this pin and so now it's down at the level that it would be the pin will slip down inside of it and that'll go up against the metal tines that are down inside so I'll begin to pound that in and once I get that down a ways then these as I'm hammering it those tines are starting to come out okay so we've got that driven all the way in so that means all the little times have been pushed out so we'll take our pin out and then take the plate out of the way and the anchor will be in place so now that's nice and secure the next thing that we'll do is create an basically an eyelet system to run the run the wire through so take some staples and we'll put three staples here in a way that we can allow the wire to feed through just to make it easy I used to make a little mark on my hammer so I know where to put those makes it real easy to do that and we'll step one there and put one on this side the one on the sides i usually put just usually put those just slightly lower because the wires going to be feeding down anyway and actually these we'll use for the wire that goes to the vertical line post – as far as those catch the one on the other side and we'll have it there's our that one now something else that I do that makes a little bit easier to pull the wire through is this once those are already in place like that I use these as little spacers so instead of the wire just dragging up against the the wood I'll use them just like that to make it easier to pull it through now it's ready to have the wire be fed through the wire I cut about for these about ten feet in length that way I know I've got plenty of it I'll just feed this through through these and then of course it feeds through really easy with those staples already being in place and they'll right up against those I'll pull this down till I get about all about even with my miny here about that far now the wire this end of it I'm actually going to hook through my my clip here and as you can see down this way I've got a piece of PVC that works as a as a barrier or as a little a little sleeve over that so that protects it and from anybody running into it so that's about where it's going to go fold the wire just like that grab my piece of PVC and feed that right on through bend it out at the bottom enough so I can get the clip over it and then in order to secure it I can use a little device that's called a ripple just a little gripper it's kind of a one-way wire feed and that will slide in like you see right there it won't you can't pull it back out once it's in so we'll feed that down and then we'll take the other side and feed it in there and that's what creates the tightness to it we can tighten it up just like that tighten these there's a little tool we can use get them even tighter now one last thing I'll do before I tighten that completely is I'll take my sleeve and it's 3/4 inch so it fits nice and tight around that and I'll just tap that down in and there it's in place and to finish up we'll just trim a little bit of wire off like that and there we have our impulse and the other nice thing about this is because I'm going to put a plant right here the plant will be able to grow up the wire and these plants on the ends often wind up being a little bit stronger just because they've got a lot of growing area so that'll finish episode number three and the next thing that we'll do is start to put the irrigation system in I'll run a trench all the way across and you'll see how we run the risers up just like this to tie into the irrigation system it'll that'll be there for the plants so thanks very much for joining me here on a little really beautiful October day in the Napa Valley we'll see you soon

12 thoughts on “One Acre Napa Valley – Yountville AVA – Episode #3- End post anchors

  1. Thank you Dave for posting these fantastic videos. Could you please share the name of the anchor & vertical post manufacturer? Here in Colorado quality supplies are hard to come by.

  2. Thank you for creating these videos! I am working on starting a couple of projects over the next couple of years. One project I am going to be planting 600 vines on some land near mt home. The other project I am looking into buying a vineyard here in southern Illinois that has 600 vines established with room for 1000 more. I was wondering what size are the staples that you are using to attach the wires to the posts. I was thinking they are the size of about 1 3/4"? I know it probably doesn't matter what size, but I am just curious.


  3. Hello FistsofStMichael

    Thanks very much for watching, I should be posting a few new episodes 8 and 9 shortly. 8 is on the final trellising wires and 9 is the first pruning of the little vines that we did today.

    Thanks again,


  4. Hi colinfiona1

    Nice to hear from you, glad you enjoyed the videos. As you know there has been quite a lot of rain here, and I haven't been able to finish up all the irrigation because the grounds so wet. But as soon as we dry up a bit I will get the next videos done.
    Sounds like a real nice project and a great location. I would be happy to talk or take a look at what you are working on. If you like, you can go to my website and under contact us, send me an email

    Thanks again


  5. Hi Dave,
    These a wonderful series of videos. We are just making plans for a "micro-vineyard" just outside of Sonoma in the Mayacamas mountain range at my dad's property there, and grappling with issues of layout, orientation, spacing, and varietal/cone/rootstock selection. But first, the blackberries must go! Are you doing any consulting work in the area? All the best, and keep the lessons coming,
    Colin Reed

  6. Hi Daniel

    Good to hear from you and thanks for watching. Vineyard costs can really vary depending on the location and the variety, as well as the source of water, but especially the trellising and the spacing of the vines drive the cost. Since I am not working with large vineyards, and because I do all the work my self, I plant the vines fairly close together, 4 x 4. Generally speaking though, costs can run from around 25,000 to as much as 40,000 per acre.

    Thanks for watching


  7. Hi Dave,
    Great videos! I am planning to start a small vineyard in the Northern Virginia AVA 2-3 years. Your videos have been a big help in planning. Where did you get the stakes from with the metal cleats? I know it may be too much work for you but for beginners like me, a list or blog outlining what and where to find the necessary vineyard materials really helps! I really appreciate all the time you're putting into these videos and look forward to learning more!

  8. Hello manu20012001

    Thanks for for watching, happy to hear that you liked the video. The audio and visual sure did turned out better this time, as I now have the help of a friend who has worked for CBS and Fox as a cameraman. He has some better equipment for us to work with. You are right about all the work that goes into developing a vineyard before any wine is produced. I am looking for ward to doing more videos as the vineyard develops.



  9. Greatly improved audio! Vineyard is looking good!

    Thanks for these videos… It really lets you know the effort and work that goes into planting a vineyard! I'll be watching!


  10. Hi brucegoren

    Thanks very much for watching. The videos are fun to do. The wire is just a standard high-tensile wire 12 ga. The grippers are made by a company in England called Gripple. The one I used was their medium size, which can be used for 14 – 10 ga. wire. It wont be too long before we do the video on installing the longer strands of trellising wire, I will do a bit more of a close up on the gripper then.

    Thanks again for watching.


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