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Q & A Q Post Harvest Well, the growing season down here was hot and furious and I can’t believe it, but all of my backyard Zinfandel vines survived all the bugs and the heat and made some nice wine this year. We’re done pressing in early September and I can’t help but think there’s got to be something that I need to do to my vineyard after harvest . . . but I have no idea what it is. Does a vineyard need anything post-harvest? There’s a few more leaves than usual, as we picked early. I don’t know if that helps. I have about 60 vines in two rows on a hill in my backyard. The soil seems to have a lot of clay. A Post-harvest is a very important and often overlooked time for improving vineyard health. Most home viticulturists don’t know that there is a period of rapid root growth immediately following harvest. Once the vines have been freed from their “crop responsibility,” the vines put a lot of resources into root growth and in storing