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Pruning time

Pruning time

This time of year is when winemaking really is found in the vineyards.

The 2009 vintages are now aging in French oak, which allow them to evolve, sometimes on a daily basis, while they form their unique personalities.

Meanwhile, we prepare the vineyards for the 2010 harvest, which will happen sometime in late fall, or early winter. The first step in this process is pruning the grape vines.  Initial pruning usually starts in January or February, and has the goal of trimming back old growth to make way for the emergence of bud break, sometime in early spring.

Proper pruning is critical for producing quality fruit, making sure that the size, shape, and density of grape clusters for each vine is balanced between vegetative growth and fruit production. Pruning also helps to regulates bud break, and can remove damaged tissue.

This time of year is when winemaking really is found in the vineyards.

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Pruning time