The art of vine pruning is crucial for grape and, consequently, wine quality. In Portugal,
this age-old practice takes on an artisanal dimension, shaping the future of harvests.
Let’s explore the importance of this work and discover the best time of year for vine
The Importance of Pruning
Pruning is not just an annual task; it’s a ritual that defines the production of the current
viticultural year. This technical work aims at balancing the vines, a decisive measure for
The Right Moment
January marks the beginning of pruning in many Portuguese vineyards. It’s a period
when the vineyard’s silence is broken by the whisper of shears, initiating the slow
rhythm of pruning. This is a crucial moment for shaping the future of the grapes.
Each vine is treated as a unique work of art, with careful consideration for the type of
cut based on the health and vigor of the plant. This artisanal approach ensures that
each vine is treated in a personalized manner.
Interestingly, according to the biodynamic approach, the best phase of the moon for
vine pruning is during the waning moon. It’s believed that during this phase, the plant’s
sap is more concentrated in the roots, accelerating the healing of pruning wounds and
making the plants less susceptible to diseases.
Vine pruning in Portugal is an ingrained tradition, carried out with artisanal mastery.
The chosen moment for this work defines not only the harvest of the year but also the
quality and character of the wines. It’s a celebration of the union between tradition
and innovation, shaping the unique terroir of Portuguese wines. Follow us on social
media to delve into this delicate process and the passion we invest in every vintage.