The grapevine seedlings I created from the cross pollination of Chambourcin with Syrah have been planted in their own row near Chris’ house (near where the bees used to reside). The hybrid seeds grew into 88 young plants that are now growing in the vineyard. Next year, those vines that bear fruit will be allowed to continue growing, and those without fruit will be culled and removed. Of those that make grapes, the vines with the best combination of fruitfulness, balanced growth habit and disease resistance will be allowed to grow for another year. The following year, the grapes from the surviving vines will be harvested and “micro-batches” of wine will be made to determine which vines have grapes with the best balance of sugar and acid and flavor. Those with superior characteristics will be propagated into more plants so that after a few more years, small batches of wine can be made for commercial testing.
The whole process for creating a new variety takes about a decade, from pollination to selecting a winner.
Also, the bees are no longer on property because they are used to pollinate other crops (such as pumpkins) this time of year. They will be back AFTER harvest (late Sept) where they will use the local flowers and the juices from left over grape skins to make their honey.