Our winery today
We are now at the beginning of the so-called “budding” season. At this stage of the cycle, we see the plants awake from “dormancy,” a sort of hibernation state.
It is the first hint that a new season is about to begin. The vine has previously absorbed the soil moisture, thus activating its inner life. The first shoots that have already been adjusted at pruning time, begin to appear. When the first buds turn up, our winery’s team of agronomists set about undertaking a cultural practice of great importance in a vineyard: the disbudding or “shoot thinning,” whereby excess shoots, or shoots growing in the wrong places, are removed to avoid an overabundance of grapes and leaves.
In this way we make sure that the vine will grow in optimal conditions: reducing the weight each plant will have to support means that each grapevine can ripen the remaining clusters more easily, and achieve the desired quality level.
Furthermore, the buds will grow in such a way that the clusters will be exposed to more air and light. Canopy – the green parts of the vine visible aboveground, akin to the top of a tree – management is of the upmost importance in our region, because it must have the structure and support capable of withstanding the strong Patagonian winds without suffering damage. On the other hand, these strong winds are beneficial for the overall health and quality of the grapes.