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Vineyard Pros and Cons of Hand Pruning

Many vineyards around the country will swear by hand pruning, which has a range of pros and cons.  Pruning by hand involves pulling leaves off grapevines to allow more sunlight to reach the grape and removing parts that have been affected by mold or disease.  Pruning by hand retains most control over the vines and ensures that the finished wine expresses the grapes’ qualities in the most authentic way possible. Subtle imperfections can add to a wine’s unique character, a sentiment widely embraced in the wine industry.

  • Many vineyards around the country still hand prune
  • Pruning by hand involves pulling leaves off grapevines to allow more sunlight to reach the grape
  • Pruning by hand also involves removing parts that have been affected by mold or disease
  • Pruning by hand retains most control over the vines
  • Pruning by hand ensures that the finished wine expresses the grapes’ qualities in the most authentic way possible
  • Subtle imperfections can add to a wine’s unique character, a sentiment widely embraced in the wine industry

Vineyard Hand Pruning with Different Vineyard Characteristics

Winemakers prune different varieties by hand because of the different characteristics of the vines.  Until artificial intelligence catches up, there is no substitute for a well-trained pruner.   Every varietal is diverse and many be pruning in a different way than one another depending on crop load.Vineyard Pruning Quality Versus Quantity

  • Winemakers prune different varieties by hand because of different vine characteristics
  • There is no substitute for a well-trained pruner
  • Pruning may be done a different way depending on crop load

Vineyard Pruning Quality Versus Quantity

Hand pruning is very labor intensive, and not every vineyard has the capacity to complete the task manually.  If insufficient crews are overworked or overwhelmed by the job, too many nodes could be left behind and result in vines that are over-cropped

  • Hand pruning is very labor intensive
  • Not every vineyard has the capacity to complete the task manually
  • Insufficient crews are overworked or overwhelmed by the job, too many nodes could be left behind and result in vines that are over-cropped
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