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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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leaf fall, the process which occurs naturally in autumn, often after the first frost, which marks the end of the vine growth cycle. Ideally this is some time after harvest, so that the vine has been able to build up its reserves of the carbohydrates important for growth the following spring. See also defoliation.