It’s easy to forget that it takes two full years to make good wine from your own grapes. The first year is spent in the vineyard tending the vines, spraying sulfur, removing basal growth (suckering), positioning shoots, adjusting the canopy so the fruit receives flecks of sunlight, watering, testing and harvesting. The second year is spent in the wine cellar taking care to treat the wine well. A lesson that I’ve learned…
For viticulturalists, the time between budbreak and bloom is often a time to let the vines do their thing. But Wes Hagen explains that a little maintenance and care in this growth phase can save grape growers lots of time and hassle later in the year.