25 August 2011
We're just about finished with pruning for this year. The process has three "phases". First, all the key cuts are made, which defines what the vine will be capable of doing later in the year, so it's a very critical activity. Second is pulling out, where almost all of last year's growth is removed from the wires to make room for this year's growth. In the photo you can see the old growth laid out between the rows ready to be mulched back into the ground, so all that nice organic material is recycled. The third phase is tying down, where the two primary cordons are wrapped around the fruiting wire and tied in place; you can see this in the photo also. The buds on these canes will give rise to the entire big, leafy, green canopy that will support the growth of next year's crop of grapes.