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The art is in the pruning: Growers look for the best techniques, fastest pruners...

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.

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