The perfect cut
Even when pruning our vines for the first time, we make sure that each plant is treated in an individual manner. This is a real challenge for us, with vineyards spread out over almost ninety hectares, as the trimming and individual treatment of our vines take considerably more time. Furthermore, it requires comprehensive knowledge and experience among those who perform the pruning. Without experience, it is not possible to prune a vine according to its individual needs, and establish the initial basis for harvesting what we consider to be high-quality grapes. Throughout the vegetation cycle, many hands have to do a great deal of work with great care, conviction and experience, until the grapes reach the point of maturity that we require as the basis for yielding ripe, convincing and ultimately honest wines. Most of the cycle involves the management and structuring of the foliage canopies. Every vine, every shoot, and sometimes even every leaf is set up, straightened, plucked or simply left alone. We also spend a lot of time deciding not whether, but when we should do things. Here, too, our commitment to organic viticulture demands much of us: in the first place, to do as little as possible and as much as necessary – that’s the motto here. So it is possible for us to give the grape its maximum time on the vine.