or goblet

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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gobelet or goblet, a form of vine-training system, used since Roman times, whereby the spurs are arranged on short arms in an approximate circle at the top of a short trunk, making the vine look something like a goblet drinking vessel. The vines are free standing (apart from a small supporting stake when young) and the system is best suited to low-vigour vineyards in drier climates. This is a form of head training and is generally subject to spur pruning. The trunk is short, typically 30 to 50 cm (12–19 in), and the foliage is unsupported by wires.