Pruning= cutting 90% of a grapevine’s growth from last year to develop a balance between quantity and quality.
It’s SPRING! We are outside full-time during the month of March sculpting this year’s vintage of fruit.
If the vines are left on their own, each vine will look more like a bush with all of last year’s buds growing another shoot. As a farmer, this sounds okay. More growth=more yield. BUT, the quality of fruit would be terrible.
Here are a few of the issues if the vine was left unpruned –
- Smaller bunches
- Too much vegitation keeps the fruit from getting sunlight
- Too much vegitation keeps moisture from dew and rain lingering too long promoting fungal growth… yuck
- The many, many small bunchs will not ripen before the leaves fall
TAKE HOME – No Pruning=Exponential Mess=Poor Wine Quality
Because of our committment to high quality wine, we take great care to created a quality/quantity balance on each vine. Yes, each vine. More fruiting buds will be left on a vigorous plant than one that show less growht fromthe previous years.
Well, enough yacking. I’m going outside!!
Take care friends and come out soon to see the manicured vineyard.