This is all getting very complicated. It started with three Müller-Thurgau plants I picked up in a sale at the weekend, it was followed by two evenings of very confusing websurfing trying to get ny head around doubly or single guyot (with or without arching - pendel-something) and something with a double-barrelled name, and it's ended up with six more plants (3x Phoenix and 3x Perlette), and I still don't have room on the plot for all these and the soft fruit I also picked up.
But enough preamble.. the question.. what's the most reliable method of pruning grape vines for the a sheltered East Anglian plot. On the flat, very low alitutude (single digit in meters if not feet) and a tendency to be damp in very wet weather - although otherwise generally free draining. I'm considering the double guyot as it's not as complicated as I first thought and although slightly more complicated than a cordon it's more resistant to damage - or at least easier to repair.
(Double guyot - allow two side branches and one leader to develop, cut all else back in late winter and cut the leader to three buds. The folllowing summer allow the fruiting shoots to grow from the two horizontal branches left over winter. Allow three replacement (two side plus leader) to grow from the old leader. I winter cut off the side branches and fruiting shoots, train in the replacements from the old leader, cut the new leader to three buds.. rinse and repeat)
The planting plan is to be as close to 6' poles strung with 3-4 trellis wires, vines planted on 4'-6' centres (with rows of either 12', 18' or 24' depending whether I can get a second plot for soft fruit or if I have to make room on the existing one). Rows to be 6' apart, or 8'-9' apart if I fit a 4' raised bed between rows.
Edit - planted on 4'-6' centres
Curently collecting recipes for The Little Book of Liqueurs..