We live in wine country out here and one of the most popular (and prolific) grapes in our valley is syrah. So we really couldn't plant a bunch of wine grapes and not have syrah, that would just be silly. We considered planting the whole vineyard with one varietal, but decided that it's better to hedge our bets. The other grape we chose is zinfandel. It also does well in our valley. And it pretty much goes without saying that we love drinking both.
The grapes are set up in two different areas- the syrah is planted in the Mighty Kitchen Garden itself, and the zinfandel is planted in a mini-vineyard (which henceforth will be known as the Zinyard) in front of the espaliered apple and pear. The syrah are oriented E-W along the wall of our house and E-W along the fenceline. The zin are oriented NE-SW.
Pluot in the back corner, apple and pear along the fence.
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