The winter months may slow the pace of things, but there is still a lot of work to be done in the vineyard. Pruning during a vine’s dormant phase is an important element of vinegrowing and winemaking.  It provides the framework to maintain the training system as well as allowing you to select the optimal fruiting cane or spur and influence the quality and quantity of fruit that goes into the wine.
Any keen gardener will tell you that pruning is vital to stabilise a plant’s growth: you invest your time now also for the following season’s benefit.  Given that each individual vine has the capacity to produce a certain quantity of fruit depending on the leaf area and photosynthetic activity, we aim to limit the number of shoots and leaves by dormant pruning in order to allow the vine to achieve its absolute best.  This requires intuition as well as experience.  You have to know each vine, each stretch of soil, each incline, and you have to have a good sense for the potential of each plant.  This work is in the highly capable hands of our vineyard manager, Yahya El Harchaoui, under the guidance of our agronomist, Marco Pierucci.