By Vincent Gasnier
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Wine styles spring in the vineyard During March or April (September or October in the Southern Hemisphere), buds begin to break on the vines. This happens to different grape varieties at different times, depending on whether they are early or late ripeners, and at different times in different years depending on the weather. The type of soil the vines are planted in also influences the time of budbreak; clay, which is cold, delays it, while warmer sandy soil brings it on earlier. Pruning continues through March, and the vineyard is plowed between rows to aerate the soil.
Pruning continues through March, and the vineyard is plowed between rows to aerate the soil. These are difficult months for the winemaker because the threat of frost is ever-present; vine prunings are often burned in the vineyard at night to try to keep the air surrounding the vines warm and protect the new buds. The buds are also at risk from pests and diseases, and preventive sprays may be used at this time of the year. And as the soil warms up, new vines can be planted in the vineyard to replace any old ones that have had to be grubbed up.
It’s a very tricky process; what if there are strong winds just after you have taken off the excess buds, and more buds are lost? Or there could be a hailstorm that affects half of your vineyard, just days after you have removed whole bunches of grapes from the vines. Nobody said growing grapes was a stress-free way of life! Of course, pruning by hand is labor-intensive and therefore more expensive than machine pruning, adding to the cost of the wine. However, some sites, particularly those situated on slopes rising up from a river—notably the Rhine in Germany or the Rhône in France—are too steep for machines to negotiate.
A Taste For Wine: 20 key tastings to unlock your personal wine style by Vincent Gasnier