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posted 28 Dec 2011, 11:30 by Jerome Collas   [ updated 3 Mar 2012, 08:30 ]

Pruning starts when leaves are on the ground, generally after a visit from the Tramontane wind, at the start of November. It continues all winter and finishes in March.

Pruning is a special moment to feel the pulse of the vines. For hours, under secateurs, the woody bits of the year are eliminated, keeping only 10 to 12 buds from which, in the next year, new branches grow. 

Long pruning, short pruning, gobelet pruning, double cords, extended gobelet: so many terms define the different methods of shaping the vine. Pruning changes with respect to the vigour of the grape variety and of the sought-after wines.