Western Washington Grapevine Pruning Workshop
9:15 AM Introduction of the Day
9:30 AM Classroom Discussion on Pruning Styles
Learn the basics behind spur and cane pruning, and why different pruning strategies may be needed based on variety or site. The difference between pruning a new / young vineyard and a mature vineyard will also be discussed.
10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Classroom Discussion on Crop Load Management
Learn about what crop load means, and why high yields are not always the goal with winegrapes. Discussion on appropriate yield targets for western Washington key varieties will be discussed.
11:00 AM Transition to Vineyard
We will be working outside, rain or shine, so please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
11:15 AM Vineyard Demonstration of Cane Pruning
Learn the tips and tricks to cane pruning, including cane selection, renewal spurs, and vigor management.
11:45 AM Vineyard Demonstration of Spur Pruning
Be a part of a small pruning trial for western Washington vineyards! We will try different variations on spur pruning in this location, and provide follow-up information over the next couple of years of vine performance (pruning speed, total vine yield, cluster weights, number of clusters per vine, and ease of vigor control, to name a few!).
12:30 PM Workshop Conclusion and Surveys
Additional pruning time will be available for those who would like to hone their skills.
Workshop planned in partnership with Michelle Moyer-Washington State University Viticulture and Enology Program, Brett Townsend-Port Townsend Vineyards, and Mike Lempriere Perennial Vintners. Bypass pruners provided by the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.
Port Townsend Winery & Vineyard (View)
2640 W. Sims Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368
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