Thursday, February 20, 2020

Pruning continues

Last fall I saw crews of ten or more people pruning big parcels of vines. I thought that, at the rate they were going, the annual vine pruning would be done before the holidays. Then everything slowed down. Now I see one person out there cutting vine canes. And there are a lot of parcels left to prune.

This parcel remains unpruned for the time being. If you look closely at the center of the image, you might see a white van on the neighboring ridge. It probably belongs to a grower or an employee who's out pruning.

What happened? I have no idea. It could be that the crews are working other parcels that I don't see on my daily walks. Or maybe they were just out there in the fall season and have moved on to other work. Wherever they are, I'll bet they will be back before too long to pull cut canes off the vines so they can be ground into mulch.


  1. I love the artistry of the seasons in the vineyards.

  2. mitch, it can be beautiful. It can also be cold, wet, and muddy. Gotta take the bad with the good, I guess.


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