Fairhaven not only maintains the largest supply of container vines in the southwest, but is also the premier company for vineyard design and installation. Our installation division completes an average of 100 planted acres each year. Our projects range from our minimum of 1 acre, to 90 acres on any single installation. Each installation is carefully planned from the consultation phase, to site assessment, soil testing, water testing, hydraulic design, soil preparation, trellis construction, planting, site staff training, and warranty. This specialized service, rendered by licensed, trained professionals is the gateway to a beautiful, fully functional vineyard that will produce abundant quantities of grapes for sale to the grape market.
THE CONSULTATION PATHWAY
Phase One- Analysis of the project will involve a critical look at the environmental aspects of the proposed vineyard. The areas of study will include, water requirements, water chemistry, soil types, soil analysis, permitting requirements, cost estimates, varietal requirements, labor intensity, cash flow, and market options.
Phase Two- Formal planning stage includes, site surveying, formal plan page construction of the vineyard, service roads, drainage systems, trellis systems, hydraulic design, irrigation design, control system design, state permitting, varietal layout, and production matching.
Phase Three- Installation. Fairhaven’s install crew does the complete site dirt work, heavy equipment operations, road system grading, drainage ditching, water reservoir construction or expansion, soil preparation, post installation, trellis construction (high tensile steel), leader pole install, planting and initial training, and warranty. Fairhaven will supply all of the vines and warranty them for up to 3% loss the first season. We offer custom bench grafting of selected rootstocks for specialized applications. Our professional staff will also offer an onsite complete training course for your “in-house” staff on care and maintenance.
Our fee structure is as follows: Phase 1: Consultation – Hourly Rate $85.00 – other additional charges will include travel charges, copy costs, FedEx charges etc. Hourly rates apply from departure time to arrival time at the consultation site. Lab Fees –Water Analysis, Complete w/ SAR $265.00 – Soil Composite Testing (Micro and Macro) $196.00 Phase 2: Design – Hourly Rate $85.00 – other additional charges will include travel charges, copy costs, FedEx charges etc. Hourly rates apply from departure time to arrival time at the consultation site. Site Survey – Survey Crew -‐ Daily Rate $450.00 (most sites can be surveyed in one day) Phase 3: Installation –Factors affecting costs include, planting density, post selections, vine types (own root or grafted), type of road surface, drainage requirements etc. Costs will vary, but the average cost per acre, with wood posts, on 8’ planting centers, installed with guaranteed planted vines, ready to grow forward to production, are as follows:
Unirrigated (not recommended) -‐ $29,000-‐$34,000 per acre – other cost factors will include varietal choice, grafted or own root, planting density
Irrigated (recommended) –other cost factors will include varietal choice, grafted or own root, planting density (cost does not include well drilling, pump installation, electrical services, or mainline extension costs) – $35,000- $42,000 per acre
If an impediment to progress is encountered during Phase 1, all analysis will cease pending further consultation and costs to date will be billed out.
Consultation Retainer: rates are as follows: retainer is due on approval. If your project is abandoned after Phase One all charges will be billed on that date. Retainer fees are not applicable to hourly fees or material costs. Consultation retainer fees are non-refundable. Total consultation charges routinely amount to about 3% of the project installed cost for large scale installations, or 5% of smaller scale projects.
Fee schedule:3-5 acres $1,100 6-19 acres $2,250.00 20–49 acres $3700.00 50–100 acres $5700.00