The pruning sets the first course for the 2021
The wires rattle and the pruning scissors buzz in the vineyards. What started so timidly before Christmas is now in full swing: pruning.
The pruning is sually separated in two work steps. First the specialist with electric pruning scissors, who cuts off the excess shoots from the previous year. he is followed by an assistant, who pulls the wood out of the wire frame. Only one branch remains with 10 to 12 buds (the winemakers call them “eyes”). These are the shoots of the new vintage.
It is precisely this number of buds that sets the first milestone in the yield structure of the coming year. When cutting the buds with a razor, you can see that each shoot will later bear an average of 2 grapes. The more buds, the more grapes and the more yield. However, this cannot be extrapolated just like this, as many factors still affect grape growth in the course of the year. Yet, whatever is cut off now can of course no longer produce a yield in autumn. Therefore, during pruning the winemaker is usually a little more cautious in reducing the yield, as in the course of the vegetation and thus closer to the harvest and with ever lower risk, further measures for reducing yield can be taken, such as removing whole shoots or grapes or dividing grapes immediately before the start of ripening to increase the health of the remaining grapes.
In the video you can watch our Rheinhessen wine princess Andrea Böhm and her brother Roman pruning.