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The Organic Backyard Vineyard: A Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Your Own Grapes

By Tom Powers

Wine lovers who dream of planting vines at home ... will find valuable advice in it. ... Maps out the steps would-be vignerons should consider to ensure success.

Wine Spectator

Interest in wine shows no signs of slowing down—wine tours, tastings, and vacations are now common and homeowners often have space dedicated to their collection. The logical next step? Learning to grow and make your own.

In The Organic Backyard Vineyard expert Tom Powers walks the small grower through the entire process of growing grapes, with a month-by-month maintenance guide covering all regions of the U.S. and Canada. He explains everything a beginning grape grower needs to know: how to design and build a vineyard, how to select grapes for each region, how to maximize yield using organic maintenance techniques, how to build a trellis, how to harvest at peak flavor, and how to store grapes for winemaking.

Updated from his self-published version, this edition includes organic growing information and all new photography. The Organic Backyard Vineyard features everything a wine lover needs to build and care for a backyard vineyard.

Media reviews

"Wine lovers who dream of planting vines at home, whether they have room for one acre or a single row, will find valuable advice in [this book]. Emphasizing ecologically sound practices, author Tom Powers carefully maps out the steps would-be vignerons should consider to ensure success."

Wine Spectator

"Everything that the novice grower needs to know about planting their own vineyard."


"Absolutely packed with solid information on where to begin, what you need, and how to do it."

East Oregonian

"In simple, straightforward, yet extremely knowledgeable terms, Powers takes home gardeners through the logical steps in planning, implementing, and maintaining a home vineyard. ... A good bottle of wine may now be as close as their own backyard."


"Learn how to design and build a backyard vineyard, select the best grapes for your region, use the latest organic techniques, and store the bounty for winemaking."

Natural Home and Garden

About the author

Tom Powers

Tom Powers operates Alhambra Valley Ranch, a 58-acre sustainable family farm in western Contra Costa County, California. It produces grapes for wine, olives for oil and curing, and summer vegetables, including the best-tasting Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes in the world. Powers has planted hundreds of backyard vineyards, and in 2005 he started a small commercial winery on his farm. His varietal wines and blends are sold directly to friends, neighbors, stores, and restaurants.

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