More pruning

January 26, 2012




Now that things have dried out a little bit, we’ve been able to move back into the vineyard to keep pruning. This morning we moved into the Cabernet Sauvignon in the China Bowl block.

You may recall from a previous post that we train our vines according to the Guyot system. Pruning the vine back to two canes is the first step with Guyot, and today we started in on the second step, which is bending the canes downward and fixing them to the lower trellis wires.

Look along each cane and you will see little bumps, or 'buds'. In the spring, each bud will release a shoot that we will train upwards over the upper trellis wires above.

Usually we would wait until all of the pruning was done and then go tie down all the canes in a single pass. However, this morning it started misting a little bit, which can make safely handling the pruning shears difficult, so the vineyard crew switched over to tying down until the weather cleared up again. Soon all of the Cabernet will be done, and it will be time to start collecting Grenache budwood for the T-budding project!

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