First real crop for grape vines

Asked July 25, 2018, 4:13 PM EDT

I have some 6 and 5 year-old pinot noir vines. Due to my not pruning and caring for them the first few years I finally learned how to prune and this is their first year with what looks like a pretty good yield. Do you have any suggestions whether I should thin the bunches, remove leaves to give them more direct sun, etc. I'd like to try my luck at a small wine production but want to make sure that I get grapes of good quality. Thank you.

Benton County Oregon grapes viticulture horticulture

1 Response

If you are balance pruning you should be fine taking off a harvest. Dropping crop is not really needed unless you have more fruit than vine. Do not remove leaves at this stage of growth. It would result in too much sunburn. Leaf removal is best done just after bloom - you can try that next year.