Sunday, January 31, 2010

Work in the Vineyards I

The period of 'rest' for the vineyards is over. Work has started again. The harvest of next autumn has to be prepared.

What is done now is cutting down the vines : all 'dead' branches are cut except for two. Now they look very naked.

The winter situation :

The cut vines :

All this work is done manually with pneumatic scissors, walking step by step through the vineyards, vine after vine.
So you can imagine how long it takes to do some 20 hectares - in the region mostly done by only two workers per winemaker. It keeps them busy for several weeks.