Jan. 13: Pruning...

Work in progress - Vineyards

Pruning the vines is an important stage in the life of an estate.First of all, because it represents a long task which generally begins in December and finishes in March.But also because it is an extremely strategic operation, not only in terms of the quality and the type of pruning (which enables you to limit to a greater or lesser extent the future crop), but also the order of pruning according to the grape variety.Indeed, some varieties are more sensitive than others to spring frost, as budburst (ie, when the vine awakens from the period of dormancy and begins to grow) tends to take place earlier...The sooner budburst occurs, though, the more risk there is of the young buds (very fragile) experiencing negative temperatures and thus freezing...The location of the vineyard plot also plays an essential role: some areas (bordering on the sea, for example) only have frost on very rare occasions, whereas certain parts of Haut Var come very close to frost nearly every year...Pruning is thus a skilful compromise between early - to give yourself time to prune the entire estate before budburst - and as late as possible - in order to avoid the risk of frosts...

Jan. 13: Pruning...
Jan. 13: Pruning...

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