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Why is pruning important at the vineyard?

As the weather begins to cool down, our focus turns to the vineyard here at Hirsch Hill. In particular, pruning the vines whilst they’re inactive. This ensures our vines are maintained and given every chance to thrive.

Grapevines have a wild mind of their own, constantly growing in any direction they possibly can. Pruning allows us to control the production of grapes, and allows us to walk freely through the vineyard so that we’re able to manage the yields throughout the year.

When is the best time to prune grapevines?
Pruning is best done in Winter, while the weather is cool and the vines are essentially inactive. A great deal of care is taken in the first few years of a young vine to ensure they grow the right way, setting them up to flourish and produce well.

Why do we prune grapevines?
Grapevines can produce a lot of fruit. By pruning the vines, we can essentially forecast how many bunches of grapes will be produced in the coming season. Not only does it give us an indication of quantity, pruning affects the balance, consistency, viability and sustainability.

What happens if we don’t prune grapevines?
Pruning is easily one of the most important parts of managing a vineyard. Left without pruning, grapevines will sprawl and spread out producing copious amounts of leaves and fruit. While that can seem like a good thing, it actually results in grapes that lack intense flavour, with some ripening unevenly.

How do we prune our grapevines at Hirsch Hill Estate?
We pride ourselves on the high quality wine that we produce. That’s why we use precision and care, and work by hand to ensure that we create the right vine balance and flavour concentration for the coming year.

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