It has stopped raining in DC’s wine country for the moment so we are taking advantage of the opportunity to work in the vineyard. Sébastien is cutting the edge and the sides of the vines with a new machine. It’s doing a good and efficient job!
We cut the terminal buds to stop the vertical growth of these Virginia vines. At the same time we control the development of the laterals. Indeed, as the vertical growth is slowing down, the plant uses more energy to develop the laterals. However, the problem is that these shoots – and the clusters which are going to be formed on it – are staggered in relation to the oldest branches. So they will not be ready for harvest, that’s why we cut them.