January 2020

The alternative to pruning

Many winegrowers and much more "seasonal workers" have been in the vineyard for weeks to cut back the vines. Pruning is still the most elaborate handicraft in the winegrower's year. Many winegrowers are therefore looking for an alternative. It's actually very simple: don't cut. The technical term for this type of education is "non-cutting" or "minimal cutting".

Nothing is cut off here in winter, only in summer everything that grows beyond the "hedge" is cut off with a special leaf cutter. However, not every vineyard can be easily converted to this type of education. The wire system must be stronger, and the lines are wider. The labor saving is, since the subsequent bending of the rods and also the stitching is no longer necessary, is more than half of the working hours. This enables the farms to cultivate much larger areas and also produce the wine more cheaply.

This type of upbringing only has an impact on the quality in the first two to three years, since if all buds sprout, it suffers from the immensely high yields. But here, too, you can remedy this by carefully thinning out grapes. After this introductory phase, the advantages outweigh the classic trellis education, since the shoots become woody in part and sprout fewer buds. But since more and more shoots are growing, the dreaded May frost does not have as much of an impact. The grapes get smaller overall, have a thicker skin and are therefore less prone to rot. Due to the large number of grapes, ripening is delayed, which, in view of the climate change, enables later harvesting at cooler temperatures.

The minimal cut may look a little unusual at first glance, but in the future you will come across it more and more from a work-related point of view while strolling through the vineyards.

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Udo Diel

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E-Mail: udo.diel@rheinhessenwein.de

Contact details:

Rheinhessenwein e.V.

Otto-Lilienthal-Straße 4

55232 Alzey

Tel: (0049) 6731 951074 18
E-Mail: udo.diel@rheinhessenwein.de

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