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The wooden stake has been used in viticulture for many centuries as a support system in the vineyard. Each individual vine is grown on a wooden stake (made of acacia, sweet chestnut, spruce, larch or fir) (single-pole training). This conventional form is still used today in many European countries, but also overseas such as California. The more common system, however, is to use larger or higher posts, usually made of concrete, metal or plastic, with wires stretched between them, between which several vines are supported or trained. In German-speaking countries, the wooden stake is called a stickel. See also vine training and vineyard care.

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