Winegrowers Supplies  -  Trellis

Special vineyard trellis wire - 'Quadruple 4x-life' - galvanised with an alloy of aluminium + zinc.
Tests on the corrosion behaviour have demonstrated that this wire has four times the life of normal zinc-galvanised wire (DIN 1548 thick-zinc-coated).
It is very easy to handle and bend. I don't sell the similar 2x-life wire.

 

  2.0 mm diameter: 44.40 Euros per 1000 metre / 25 kilo roll + cost of delivery from Germany to you.
         2.0 mm can be used for all wires of a Guyot trellis.

  2.2 mm diameter (825 metres / 25 kilo roll) and 2.5 mm diameter (650 metres / 25 kilo roll) are available at the same price.

 

A wire-spinner @ 155 Euros is invaluable. Red oxide coated steel.
You should put up at least the main training wire during the first growing season, to clip the vine support poles to, and prevent them from blowing around in strong winds.

Wire straining devices:-

  Spannfix: galvanised, 0.44 Euros each.  Key for turning Spannfix, red oxide, 8 Euros

Chains: for moveable (double) wires, 7-links, galvanised steel, 26 Euros per 100

Chain nails: large square nails, for wood end posts with moveable (double) wires,
          aluminium-zinc galvanised, 55 mm long x 4.2 mm square, approx 130 per kilo, 2.5 kilo bucket @ £7.50

Hook-nails: for intermediate wood posts with moveable (double) wires,
          aluminium-zinc galvanised, 55 mm long x 3.4 mm square, approx 160 per kilo, 5 kilo bucket @ £15.00

Vine support poles:-
  
   Galvanised steel, 6 mm diameter, in bundles of 100:-

     1.2 metres tall @ 36 Euros per 100
     1.4 metres tall @ 40 Euros per 100
     1.5 metres tall @ 45 Euros per 100

     all + cost of delivery from Germany to you. Other lengths are available.

     These should last indefinitely, whereas bamboos break off at soil level after a couple of years.
     It's well worthwhile supporting the vine stocks even when they are 20 years old.

Galvanised steel 'AD' clips (shown in photo above) for securing a 6 mm diameter steel vine support pole to a trellis wire, @ 4.95 Euros per bag of 100.

Vineyard posts:-

It's not easy to find kiln-dried then tanalised softwood posts.

Most larger vineyards are now using galvanised steel posts. Apart from their long lifespan (40+ years) they have a major advantage in that 'eyelets' are built-in to the sides for wires to run through, so you do not need to hammer in hook-nails, as you do into wood posts; this saves a lot of man-hours.

Diagonal galvanised-steel ground-anchors can be attached to the end posts, or if you prefer to use large (4 to 5 inch diameter, 8 or preferably 9 foot long) kiln-dried and tanalised wood posts for the row ends, you can use a 'lintel' system: the first intermediate post spaced only one vine away, with a wood D-shaped 'lintel' half-round post nailed across the top between this and the end post. A strong diagonal wire (or 3 plaited wires) loops around the top of the post and then down to loop around the bottom of the end-post.

Voest - 'Leova' fire-galvanised steel posts:-

     

Proven to be the strongest steel post, and the easiest to insert into the ground; they have to be pushed down (with a tracked-excavator or JCB) rather than banged down.

The Voescht pre-galvanised posts are no longer available. These were cut and pressed from sheets of steel, hence the cut ends didn't have a galvanised coating.
The following are hot-dipped 'fire' galvanised: galvanised after the post has been made. Far superior and proven to last well over 40 years.

Intermediate posts (maximum 6.0 metres between posts; 700 mm recommended below ground):-

Plus 50x35 mm: 2.5 metres tall with external built-in hooks for the wires:-
    Hot-dipped galvanised: 6.95 Euros each + cost of delivery from Germany to you.

S-Plus 50x40 mm: 2.5 metres tall, with external built-in hooks for the wires:-
    Hot-dipped galvanised: 7.95 Euros each + cost of delivery from Germany to you.

A special very hard steel 'fitment' is placed in the top of the post just while it is being pushed down, it's then transferred to the next post etc, 54 Euros.
A photo of these, showing them upside down:-

   

The above posts can be used on concave slopes with the addition of special black plastic clips on the side hooks, to stop the wires lifting out; @ 69 Euros per 1000; at least 6 clips will be needed for each post.

End posts:-

60/60 60x60 mm: 2.75 metres tall, with built-in hooks for the wires, 9.6 kilos each,
    Hot-dipped galvanised: 17.50 Euros each + cost of delivery from Germany to you.

The end-posts are strong enough that they can be pushed down into the ground without the need for the special very hard steel 'fitment',
which is placed in the top of the post just while it is being pushed down. A thick cloth can be used to protect the top edge of the post from damage.

Kettenbügel: square wire braces, 60 mm, 46.00 Euros per 100, that fit around the end posts, for hooking the chains on to.

There is a hole near the top of the end post for attaching the diagonal straining wire (a tightly twisted pair of wires is best) for the end-post anchor:-

Ground-anchors for end posts:-

       Galvanised steel,

 1000 mm long, 150 mm diameter plate, 14 mm thick rod, 1.65 kilos each, 6.20 Euros each + cost of delivery from Germany to you.

Fenox anchors, only for very stony ground, only 600 mm (0.75 kilos) 5.70 Euros each + cost of delivery from Germany to you.

       A special set of driving tools is needed:-
          The ground plate, 19.95 Euros
          The driving tool necessary for expanding the wires, 23.85 Euros
          The shorter bolt for driving the anchor into the ground, 23.85 Euros

Gripples:-

  Medium Gripple-plus (for 2.0 to 3.25 mm wire), the best value is to buy a Set of 250 with the Torq-tensioning tool @ 260 Euros.
  Medium Gripple-plus are 95 Euros for a 100 pack.

  For end-post bracing (to ground anchors): the GPAK3 anchor-fast kit (80 ropes with gripples) @ 260 Euros.


Prices shown are exclusive of Vat.
Delivery will need to be charged at cost.

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