Annual Grape Cycle: Viticulure

 

  • January and February:

Pruning of shoots back to the main vine, and vine shaping.

  Caution: exposure of the cut vine to disease and to infection.  Sterilize pruners.

 

  • February and March:

        Weed control and cultivation of the ground around vines.

 

  • April and May:

        Bud break with the formation of small, tight clusters of buds.

           Caution:  vine training and reduction of buds

 

  • May and June:

        Flowering of clusters of flowers

           Caution:  vine training and reduction of flower clusters

                       monitor stress in the plants

 

  • June:

Fruit set: clusters of very small and very firm light green grapes

          Caution:  vine training and reduction of grape clusters

                       monitor stress in the plants

 

  • July:

        Fruit cluster development and canopy management

 

  • August:

        Verasion with the color of the grape changing to deep purple,

        and the brix registering at 9.5 – 12.5 brix.

 

  • September and October:

        Fruit maturation with brix reading into the 20+

 

  • November:

        Harvest is when brix reach 24 – 26, and oenology begins!

 

Annual Grape Cycle