The latest from the Vineyard

Pruning is the single most important thing a grape grower does in a vineyard. The cuts are made into the bare brown canes will determine how much crop and of what quality will grow and become wine on a warm afternoon next autumn. We begin pruning in January when the vines are resting and we finish in March. The vines are dormant now but this is when they will begin to store up the carbohydrates that will push out their buds when the temperature rises. The vineyard in winter has a poignant beauty, with the vines marching away in rows like a faded photograph of a World War I battlefield.