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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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post, substantial support for wires and vines which is common in new world vineyards and usually made from wood, and driven into the ground at intervals down the row. Other materials used include concrete, steel, and plastic. Woods used for such posts are soft woods such as pine, treated to withstand insect and fungus attack, or naturally resistant hardwoods. A common spacing of about 6 m/20 ft between posts is close enough to stop the wire sagging. Smaller-diameter posts placed one beside each vine are called stakes and these are more common for Old World vineyards but also found in California.