If you’ve cruised up to wine country in the last couple weeks, you’ll notice vineyards are looking fairly bare. The shoots on the vine are either unpruned and naked of all their leaves or have been cut down to a 2-bud stub on the cordon, but what about those vines that look like they’ve been half pruned, with canes only about a foot long?
Lately, a new trend has started to develop involving two passes through the vineyard. The first pass typically occurs anywhere between October and December and trims canes down to about 12 inches. It’s being called ‘double’ or ‘pre-‘pruning and has been most commonly practiced, so far, on cordon-pruned vineyards. It can even be mechanized, potentially saving cost and time! Whether done by hand or machine
Vines re-pruned to 12 inches is advantageous in a couple ways:
– Prunes canes down to a manageable length, i.e. No…
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