Winter in the vineyards: double-pruning

by on January 14, 2010

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While grapevines are dormant during winter, they still require a great deal of care. Pruning is the first step in nurturing these plants for the following season, and this critical work is completed during January, February and March. Our Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot vines are cordon trained, and we leave only a two-bud spur per vine to grow grapes for the following season. Two buds allows for two shoots to grow per vine in spring, keeping our vines in balance.This technique dramatically reduces the number of grape clusters per vine, concentrating the fruit flavors our winemakers desire.

In this video, I discuss our approach to double-pruning the Jordan estate vines each season for increased efficiency and vine health.