Mar. 29, 2017
WHY IS PRUNING SO IMPORTANT?
Steve - "Pruning is extremely critical! It is probably the most important thing that we do in the vineyard. The reason is because it is a determination of leaving the correct number of buds that will ultimately ripen to perfection, which will then lead to the perfectly balanced wine."
Bob - "It's probably, I'd say the most important part of working out in the vineyard. You're setting the pace for the rest of the year. You want to get your vine back to where YOU want it. Ya bring it back down to the fruiting level. And then if you do a good job pruning you're going to have less work for yourself during the growing season."
HOW DID YOU KNOW YOU NEEDED TO MAKE PRUNING A PRIORITY?
Steve - "The pruning process became evident within the first couple years of our existence. You realize that everything about wine growing is balance and so when you make those cuts in the springtime you are really discerning what kind of a season you're going to have in the vineyard."
WHAT IS SOMETHING THE AVERAGE GROWER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PRUNING?
Bob - "The old saying great wines come from suffering vines is not true but it makes great marketing. We want our vines to be happy but we don't want them to be too happy. We want them to be content, just like cows. You want content cows and content grape vines."
"So in the end pruning is really about balance, just like wine making is about balance.
Pruning is just as critical as any other element in winemaking.
And that is always our goal at Parallel 44 and Door 44 is to give you quality and quality comes through balance."
- Steve, Winemaker