The Vineyard Cycle – 12 Months in the Life of a Vine

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In this video we take a look at the 12 month cycle of a grapevine in the vineyeard from Budburst thorugh to pruning.

1. Budburst
2. Early shoot and leaf growth
3. Flowering and fruit set
4. Veraison and berry ripening
5. Harvest
6. Winter Dormancy

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