Prune When It’s Warm, Blog When It’s Cold
March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
Our 2011 pruning is moving along at the usual slower-than-expected pace, but on the bright side we’ve been establishing new cordons in about 90% of our youngest vineyard (cleverly titled Vineyard #3), meaning we have the potential to see a decent amount of fruit in the 2011 season ( albarino! petit manseng!), and a full crop, along with a better understanding of the nature of the vineyard itself, in 2012.
I like pruning because the pace is slow and it’s a good way to reacquaint myself with different sections of each vineyard. It’s often cold, and we always smell like smoke at the end of the day (because we burn prunings as we go), but it is definitly rewarding to watch as the newly pruned rows line up together, and it’s undeniably crucial to crop loads and vigor in the following growing season.