Step Two: Bud Break
Bud break is the second step in preparing the vines for harvest, pruning being the first. Pruning consists of clipping off any unwanted growth that has occurred from last harvest through the end of winter and leaving about 2 buds per shoot to develop into this year’s crop. Bud break is the first sign of new growth of the vine following the dormancy of the vine throughout winter. Once the weather begins to warm up, hormones begin to activate in the roots telling the vine to begin its fruit bearing process. Bud break is classified by the opening of the buds left behind from pruning. The buds are small and beady structures that contain all the material needed to grow leaves, shoots, tendrils, and berries. The duration of bud break depends on the varietal and the vineyard location but generally means about 5 months until harvest. What does this mean for us? Only 5 more months until the grapes are ready to be picked and made into delicious Carr wine.