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          grape production to their own winery, and the remaining 25                  
          percent is sold to unrelated wineries.                                      
               Vines of a particular variety are grown in a “block”, which            
          is not a standard size area of land.  Depending upon the size of            
          the block, petitioners typically used 10 or more individuals to             
          install vines on a block.  After the soil has been ripped or                
          broken and nutrients added, the trellis rows are laid out with a            
          mark to identify the location of each vine.  A 2-foot trench is             
          dug and a PVC pipe is installed, along with risers at each                  
          trellis row for the irrigation system.  End and in-line posts are           
          then pounded 2 to 3 feet into the ground, and anchors are screwed           
          into the ground to secure the end posts with guy wires.  Various            
          wires are then attached and strung between the posts to train and           
          irrigate the vines.  Next, a drip hose is attached to the riser             
          and fastened to the drip wire with clips.  Finally emitters are             
          placed on the drip hose at the eventual site of each vine.                  
               As of the time of trial, petitioners were cultivating 12               
          different grape varietals, including Carignane, Chardonnay,                 
          Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, Merlot, Sangiovese, Montepulciano,                 
          Petite Verdot, Malbec, Syrah, Cab Franc, and Cabernet.                      
          Petitioners used two grape-growing methods--trellising and head             
          pruning.  The trellising method involves the use of trellises and           
          a drip irrigation system, whereas the head pruning method does              
          not require a trellis, but drip irrigation may be used.                     

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