Mechanical Pruning

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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mechanical pruning, involves using machines for pruning vines in winter. (For what is sometimes referred to as summer pruning, see trimming.) Viticulture is a very traditional form of agriculture and many who tend the vines regard the annual winter pruning as their prime opportunity to interact physically with each vine. Because of this, and because they feel that mechanical pruning cannot offer the precision of manual pruning, many vine-growers oppose mechanical pruning, even at the expense of hours of back-breaking labour in cold and sometimes wet weather.