Some people approach winter in the vineyard with anticipation. It's a time for meditation, reflection, turning thoughts to other creative endeavours in life while slowly, methodically working along every single vine to prune it, reshaping for next season.
I do know people who actually think like that. To be honest, I don't think I'd be in their camp, or at least not for long stretches of time, and only on still, sunny days! Needless to say, with that attitude I have had nothing to do with the pruning work that has just started in the vineyard photographed here. But thought I'd show a couple of photos to remind, once again, of the intensive labour and care that goes into wine production.
The top photo is spur pruning, where key uprights (spurs) from the main horizontal cane (cordon) are retained and are the shooting point for next season's growth. Below is cane pruning, where the cordons are replaced with new canes from the previous season, trained out along guide wires, from which the new season's growth will occur.