Trellising and pruning with Gareth King from Felton Road
This show was published 12 February 2016
Gareth explains how the Felton Road vineyards are trellised - the vines are positioned on the trellis so that the shoots grow vertically (vertical shoot positioning or VSP). We also discuss pruning techniques - they use a combination of spur and cane pruning - and how selecting different methods can even out their labour requirements throughout the year, giving families regular work from season to season.
Gareth talks about the contrast in temperature from day to evening (diurnal temperature) and how this can work in the vineyard's favour, (hot days, cool nights) but also bring challenges. The diurnal temperature range (DTR) is the difference between the daily maximum and minimum temperature.
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