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January Vines 2020


January 6th 2020

Dormant Pruning is an annual viticulture practice used to control and regulate the growth of a grape vine. Pruning, or the removal of wood, is the most crucial viticulture task performed each year. This practice "trains" a vine to achieve vine balance and a desired trellis system in the vineyard. There are several ways to go about pruning a grape vine, however the desired method depends on factors such as disease pressure, vine vigor and fruitfulness. At the Cape May Winery, we prune so that during flowering the soon to be grape clusters will achieve optimum sunlight exposure.
This leads to the making of a happy grape!
Below is an image of a freshly pruned grape vine. This vine was "spur" pruned, a method which is practiced to keep a set cordon and have new shoots grow straight up every year. Spur pruning is one of the most common pruning techniques and is seen in vineyards all over the world.
Post pruning, the cuttings from our vines will be rounded up and disposed of to control overwintering vine disease.

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