Pruning winegrape vines is an art. And it’s one that, in the dead of winter, can set the stage for the year’s vines – and wines.
“Pruning is important because it really sets your crop potential for the coming year,” said Nick Frey, president of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission. “It’s important to create a balanced vine and a reasonable crop yield – not excessive, which doesn’t make good wine quality, but not so low that you really don’t have potential for profit,”
But before one even considers getting out the red-handled pruning shears and setting out into the vineyard, one has to know what type of pruning is being undertaken.