Pruning is by far the most critical cultural practice done in the vineyard. The way one prunes a vine will affect its growth for multiple years to come. Pruning correctly is paramount for vineyard health and longevity, yet all the time we see premium vineyards being pruned incorrectly. Each winter, we do a series of pruning workshops designed, above all else, to teach pruners how to respect the sap flow of the grapevine.
Poor pruning leads to sap flow restriction (compromising the vine's vascular system) and larger wounds. In poorly pruned vineyards, fungal infection is likelier and subsequently wood diseases such as eutypa, esca, and phomopsis appear.
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Longevity of the vine. This cannot be underestimated. The lifespan of a poorly pruned vine is approximately 15 years, when the same vine pruned properly can live 100 years plus.
To achieve balance between wood production (which is directly linked to canopy development) and fruit load. This is key for premium quality grapes.
The vine is a perennial that needs to be pruned to produce the desired amount of fruit every year.
All too often, farming mistakes such as J-rooted vines, grafting incompatibilities, and sap flow restriction are commonplace. 95% of farming traditionally, organically, or biodynamically is being a good farmer. We offer workshops covering good farming practices in addition to pruning techniques.