Shoot-Thinning and Leafing
Shoot-thinning and leafing are common practices in the months prior to harvest, as they serve to control ripening and yields. Meticulous vine management during this stage is critical. Beginning with diligent shoot-thinning to clear vines of surplus growth, the canopy is opened up to provide balance and order. Coupled with a vertical trellis system, aggressive leafing is then carried out in order to clear the ‘fruit zone’ and provide as much sun exposure to the clusters as possible.