Grape Vine Growing Guide

Vitis vinifera

Grape Vine

Crop Rotation Group



Will grow on relatively poor soil as long as it is well drained and compost is dug in. pH of 6.5 to 7 preferred.


Sunny position.

Frost tolerant

Yes but cover if a severe frost is forecast.


Mulch with well rotted compost annually.


Single Plants: 1.50m (4' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 1.50m (4' 11") with 1.50m (4' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Plant in winter when dormant to help them establish better.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


After harvesting prune the bush back to three buds. Vines can gradually be trained up a support system.


Harvest fruit when ripe, thinning a few out beforehand to allow others to swell.


In Australia fruit fly are a pest of grapes, make sure to take appropriate control measures in areas where they are present. It is important to dispose of any infected fruit and fruit has fallen to the ground by placing them in a sealed plastic bag in the sun for at least 7 days to kill the eggs and larvae. Do not compost fruit as this will lead to the fruit fly completing their life cycle and lead to the problem recurring.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Grape Vine