Bush Vines

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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bush vines, an alternative term to describe gobelet-trained vines or head training. The comparison with a bush is apt: the vines are trained to a short trunk, normally free standing (without a trellis system), and are pruned to a few spurs commonly arranged in a ring on short arms from the trunk. The term bush vines is used in Australia and South Africa, and there was a fashion for using it on labels in the late 1990s, although many of these old, and typically low-vigour, vineyards have been replaced by vines with a trellis system.