Now is the time for pruning in the vineyard and all around white vans litter the countryside with pruners methodically working their way through the rows using (for the most part), electric pruners. I love the winter colours and the lichin that gathers on the trunks of old vines over time.
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Why is pruning so important?
There are different ways to prune vines. Here in the Loire in Anjou we see a lot of Single Guyot and Double Guyot pruning, a cane replacement system.2 Feb, 2017
Pruning in the Loire valley
Pruning in the Loire valley30 Jan, 2017
A touch of frost in the Loire
A really cold snap (well below freezing) is a great thing for vines. It helps kill off those nasty fungal diseases that fester quietly in the damp warm weather and are proving to be such a problem in todays vineyards.17 Jan, 2016
Winter work in the Loire vineyards
This machine is ‘pre-pruning’ the vines which makes life quicker and easier for the pruners to do their work later on.11 Nov, 2014
The vineyard year – pruning in Vouvray
This year we are hoping mother nature will be a little kinder to our growers here in the Loire. After 2 really hard years, they deserve an easier time in 2014.20 Jan, 2014
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