With February work begins in the vineyard getting the vines ready for a successful upcoming growing season. The great weather this week sure makes this a much more enjoyable task as there are years when it is 20 degrees out, you are wrapped up and still cold! But the work has to get done. We are removing any parts of the vines that didn't survive the winter, pruning back the previous years growth to a certain number of new buds. There is a balance on each vine between leaving too many buds and not enough. You want just the right amount of fruit so the growing energy goes towards producing the best grapes possible.