Shooting control in the Douro – removing what is not necessary for the vine

Every year after the harvest, the vines go through a dormant phase. At the end of the winter, this dormant phase finishes and the new shooting comes out from the bud breaks selected during pruning. Most of the time, the vines shooting is excesive as growing all this new steams is a heavy task for the vine. We need to control it and take out those shoots that are not necessary for the vine. The more we reduce the shooting, and consequently the lower the production will be, the better is the quality. The balance is found when leaving around 4 to 6 bunches per vine, which at harvest time will mean around 1kg of fruit.

Last week we were controlling and taking out the extra shoots from the vines of Quinta da Trovisca. I made a small video for you to better understand. Let me know your comments and questions. It may take few days, but you know I always reply your comments!

Oscar

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  • http://twitter.com/wild4wawine William Pollard Jr

    Great video Oscar, you are good on camera – enjoyed watching your pruning examples. Will we see you at WBC11 in Virgina this year? Best.

    • Oscar Quevedo

      Hi William, this year I won’t be able to make it to the WBC as I’m going to get married on July 14th and the conference is right in the middle of our honeymoon. Good to see that you plan to go. I’m looking forward to know when it is going to be next year!

  • Silvino Jorge

    Olá Oscar, antes de mais
    peço desculpa pelo teor deste meu post estar um pouco descontextualizado.

    Há um par de meses infelizmente
    (por motivos trágicos) herdei uma pequena vinha de 1 hectare no Peso da Régua. Como
    não entendo nada desta actividade ando desesperadamente à procura de ajuda: como,
    quando e o que fazer.

    O seu vídeo chamou-me a
    atenção pela forma como transmite a informação e a empatia emana. Venho então apelar
    à sua simpatia e conhecimento para por favor aconselhar-me literatura sobre
    como cuidar de uma vinha de “A” a “Z” (os tais “como”, “quando” e “o quê”)

     

    Muito, muito obrigado.

    Silvino Jorge

  • Bom dia
    Tenho uma pequena vinha que, normalmentedá muitas varas e compridas. Será que as posso partir?
    Obrigado

    • Oscar Quevedo

      Olá Hermínio, pode cortar as varas que estiverem a mais de 1,5m do tronco da videira.