I feel that this may be one of the most important tasks we can do in the vineyard in a season.
Prior to starting our pruning we look back at:
-The wines we produced the vintage prior and if there is anything we can improve via pruning.
This could be by pruning the vine in a way that leaves less shoots and hence less grapes that a vine will produce so that the vine is not over stressed during the growing period.
– The amount of rain and days over 30 degrees we had in the past vintage
We look at this to understand the possible trends of rainfall over the up coming months and how possibly the vine will react to these dry and hot spells.
With this information and a bit of research into what we believe the weather will be from September 2018- March 2019 ( when we expect to harvest)
we decide on how the vineyard is to be pruned.
We always have a group of people to help undertake pruning whether its family , friends or wonderful contractors.
So you will often see alot of head phones on as people set into the day with their choices of music as they prune away.