Wintertime is pruning time. Pruning is for Artisan Wines a major work during the course of the year. My father (named Franz too ;-)) is our CPO ... the Chief Pruning Officer! He´s got over 50 years experience with our vineyards ... means he´s able to see if something´s wright or wrong with a vine in about a split-second and his decision (which shoots to leave and which to cut back) is a crucial point for the quality for the wine as it´s the first step to decrease bunches and increase grape quality. I´m trying to learn as much as possible every year from my father but one can´t balance 50 years hands-on experience with a Master in viticulture!!
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