Pruning at Clos de la Tech
Only the vineyard land itself and the types of vines planted on it are more important than proper vine pruning in determining wine quality. Almost all of the great vineyards in the world plant vines in rows of hedges with the “canes” (green shoots) positioned vertically between training wires. In early May, excess canes are removed from the vines to leave about one cane every four inches of vine row. This pruning produces a solid hedge of leaves without any leaf crowding—the right environment for flowering in mid-June. In June and July, the vines’ last spurt of green growth produces “laterals,” new shoots growing sideways from the middle of the canes. The laterals are best removed carefully by hand to create the perfectly pruned vineyard for “fruit set” in late June, the time when the flowers self-pollinate and transform into small grape berries. After that, we employ several special pruning methods to grow better grapes for dramatically improved wine quality.
– T.J. Rodgers
T.J. Rodgers is a member of the UC Davis Department of Enology & Viticulture Board of Advisors and Fellows. He designed, built and donated the advanced fermentation equipment used in the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.
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