Dormant Pruning: Grapevine Anatomy and Vine Balance

Grapes September 07, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

In this presentation on Grapevine Anatomy and Vine Balance, Fritz Westover at Virginia Tech University explains many common grapevine anatomy and pruning terms, what dormant pruning is and reasons for doing it, training systems (Vertical Shoot Positioning, Smart Dyson, Geneva Double Curtain, and Lyre), and vine balance. This presentation is highly recommended for new growers.

23 minutes. First of three presentations.

Recommended Resources

Vine Size and Balance and Balanced Pruning, Penn State University

Pruning Wine Grapes, Penn State University

Basic Concept of Vine Balance

Vine Balance and the Role of Vineyard Design

Also in this series: Dormant Pruning: Selecting Fruitful Wood & Balanced Pruning  and Dormant Pruning: Cold Climate Pruning Strategies


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.