Summer is advancing. Lush branches hide the grapes, threatening to slow their ripening. It is necessary to cut them off, it is time for topping.
Interventions on the grapevine's vegetative exuberance are a milestone on the path to achieving maximum grape quality.
Relieving from excess vegetative vigor allows the grapes to enjoy exposure to the sun; in this way they will ripen faster, decreasing the risk of being attacked by fungal diseases that proliferate in the absence of adequate air exchange.
What is pruning?
So, in concrete terms? Pruning is nothing more than cutting off the terminal part of the shoots and females, in most of our hills it is done by hand, where slopes allow it is done with the help of mechanical equipment.
"To prun" precisely means cutting off the top of a shoot.
Why you should do it?
By cutting off the tips to the plant it will be stimulated to produce new vegetation evenly, the benefit to the vineyard is not purely aesthetic then but mainly functional for two reasons:
- The grape peel, exposed to the sun, develops adequate phenolic ripening.
- Reducing the vine foliage increases aeration and decreases the risk of fungal disease proliferation.
Then, we have understood that vegetative balance and greenery management are two fundamental building blocks for creating a product of excellence.