Spring is turning into summer and that means many vineyards already have sets. It is critical to ensure your wine grapes have the best possible growing conditions. The goal for this month is to start shoot thinning, early leaf removal, giving nutrients, and staying on top of pest and disease management, as well as weed control during the early season in San Diego and Temecula. Here is some guidance from our resident vineyard specialist, Matthew Noreen, as your vines create sets heading from spring to summer.
EARLY CANOPY MANAGEMENT
PREP FOR A FLOURISHING SEASON
Early canopy management is one of several steps required to prepare the vines for good fruit production. Shoot thinning and leaf removal around the cluster zone are techniques commonly applied to open up the canopy, reduce canopy congestion and manage excessive yield. These canopy adjustments increase spray coverage and improve light exposure and cluster temperature. They will also improve air circulation within the canopy, reducing relative humidity and making the canopy less conducive to pests and diseases.