Welcome to the Winter! I have attached a video for all those wondering exactly what it is we do during these weeks seemingly too cold for outdoor activity. The video is intended to be succinct and simply provide all with a keen introduction of the why and how associated with cane pruning to one cane, otherwise known as Guyot Simple (pronounced Gee-oh Saam-pl).
Mr. Guyot was a wonderful man according to legend who knew from clean wood and that is what pruning is all about: Cleaning the vine…Renewal. Out with the old and in with the new, hoping that the selection of young wood will fulfill our dream for an abundant crop come September 2015. A great deal more could be said about the selection of wood beyond simply being the 2014 canes, as there are considerations being made each vine for cane size, length, possible disease exposure from prior year (epidermal pitting, discoloration, breakage), position and even trunk removal but these are all factors you are welcome to see coming into play with each cut as we move through the vineyard over the coming weeks. Call ahead, put some warm clothes on, and visit the vineyard for a firsthand look at the naked garden that will become lush with life in just twelve short weeks.
I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed making it on an afternoon when the temperature hit a balmy 41 degrees. Don’t forget to remember your loved ones with flowers, candy, food and Stone Tower wine come Valentine’s Day and we will look forward as always to seeing our friends finding joy in every bottle on the fourteenth.
Director of Winemaking and Viticulture