Dormant Vines: The Importance of Winter Pruning

February 17th, 2016 @ 11:00am Haley Sansom Wine Knowledge 0

After harvest comes to an end and the wine is happily fermenting in the cellar, the vines get ready for their long winter nap. From approximately November to March, the vines are dormant, preparing for budbreak and the next harvest season. However, even though the vines are dormant, the vineyard crew is still hard at work from January to March with a process we call pruning.

Pruning is an essential part of vine growth and management and is the only way to focus the growth of the vine where you want it. Pruning helps regulate crop size, dictates how many buds will open in the spring and how many flowers will develop, as each flower becomes a grape. Without pruning, the vines will produce a surplus of fruit, which can lead to lower quality.

The Peju vineyard team began pruning in late January, and will collectively prune 178.15 miles of vineyards between now and March. To put that distance into perspective, that is the same distance as if you traveled from Napa to Lake Tahoe.

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