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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Sylvoz, a vine-training system developed by the Italian grower Carlo Sylvoz in which canes of up to, say, ten buds in length are tied to a wire below a high cordon. The vines can be trained with a high cordon, about 2 m/6.5 ft, or a mid height cordon at about 1 m. Depending on the number of buds retained, the system can be very high yielding. A variation of the Sylvoz is the Casarsa system common in northern Italy, where the canes are not tied below the cordon, but fall downward as a result of their own weight when bearing leaves and fruit. The Sylvoz system is suited to vines of high vigour, where high yields are acceptable, and where it is necessary to minimize pruning labour (see over).