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Vines get winter caning

Edwina Yeates

Caning conjures up memories of running down the drive at my old school holding my bum in the hope that my genuine speed would lessen the pain inflicted by 4 cuts of the cane from vindictive teachers that have no appreciation of hijinks!! These days the memories are far more pleasant!
 
Traditional pruning techniques involves 2 cordons(or arms) from which spurs arise. The cordons are the same age as the trunk that produce spurs are wood from the previous year each containing 2 buds but sometimes more.

In the late 19 century a French vigneron Dr Jules Guyot invented a system that involved using new wood each year. He did away with cordons and instead selected 2 canes from the previous year and laid them along the wire left and right. This method has been deployed on our vineyard for the last 6 years.

The vines on the Mountain Blue vineyard are old by Australian standards and like anything that gets old, they become susceptible to health issues. Pruning wounds are an open door to fungal diseases that can diminish yields and grape quality. If pruning cuts are minimised the risk of disease decreases proportionately.

The vines on the Mountain Blue vineyard are old by Australian standards and like anything that gets old, they become susceptible to health issues. Pruning wounds are an open door to fungal diseases that can diminish yields and grape quality. If pruning cuts are minimised the risk of disease decreases proportionately.

The Guyot cane pruning method involves very few cuts and maximises the growth of fresh new tissue every year resulting in greater vine health and better grape quality. The process is time consuming and significantly more expensive than spur pruning cordons but the benefits are evident in every sip!