on January 24, 2012
I always love the pruning season. There is so much excitement as we begin removing the grape canes that grew during the last season and as we prepare the vines for the growth to come. Pruning is an art, and our crew creates a new sculpture with each vine they prune.
The goal of pruning is to leave the buds that will grow shoots and produce the clusters. If we leave too few buds the vines will produce too much vegetative growth, potentially producing off flavors in the fruit. Too many buds left on the vines will produce shoots that are too short, making it difficult for the vines to ripen the grapes. Finding the right balance to match the potential growth each site offers is the key to being a successful pruner.
on December 7, 2011
Now that the vines are starting to enter dormancy, my crew and I can breathe a sigh of relief and close the book on 2011. Whew!
You may ask yourself, what’s next? What does a vineyard crew do in December? In short, we start preparing for the pruning season that will begin in January. We lower wires on the trellis system so we can easily remove the old grape material as we prune. We also spend a fair amount of time working on our procedures, revising them, writing new guidelines and thinking of new strategies for the coming season. Before we know it, January will have arrived and it will be time to start pruning.
Think of me and my crew as we brave the cold temperatures and drying winds this winter. We won’t complain, because we love it out there.