By Kori ~ February 22nd, 2011.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is pruning.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Pruning of vines involves cutting off unwanted vegetative parts in the form of canes in winter. â€¦. Winter pruning is a vineyard practice developed primarily to produce fewer but larger bunches of riper grapes and is particularly important in cooler climates. More than 85 percent of each yearâ€™s shoot growth may be removed. There is an important relationship between vine pruning and vine training, as the pruning method used depends on the training system employed.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Pruning is a canopy management technique in which portions of the previous seasonâ€™s growth is removed so that the vine maintains a desired size and shape.
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