Friday, April 11, 2008

Video -Grapevine Pruning #1 - Spur Training

My first attempt at a video about pruning grapevines is done! I'm still not happy with the quality, I enlisted a good friend, Robert Coffin to help me out and we realized that the right equipment is a must. We are now in the process of getting some video equipment that will make this much easier and increase the quality of the videos. (please forgive the creaks of the tripod)

About the video:

In my vineyard I use two types of training/pruning methods: Double Guyot, which is cane pruning using a low wire and vertical shoot positioning and Low wire cordon training with spurs. This video covers the latter. I will be posting another video in a few days that covers the Double Guyot method which is the system I use on most of my vines. In the mean time I hope you enjoy this one. Pruning is something I look forward to every year. After a long winter it is the first time you get into the vineyard, the first sign of spring, and the beginning of a new, hopefully delicious, vintage! I look forward to your comments and/or discussion.


  1. That was a pretty good vid. You could teach a few professionals a thing or two.

  2. Brad,
    Thanks for your visit and kind words!

  3. Hi David, I just found your blog. My husband and I moved recently, and discovered we have a huge, beautiful grape vine growing on our property. We would really like to cultivate it, support it, and ideally, plant more vines.

    Would you be open to a little email advice on the best way to support the vine that we currently have? I can be reached at I'd really appreciate it!

    PS - I joined your Facebook group

  4. Thanks for stopping by. I'd be more than happy to help any way I can to get your vine producing, plant some more, and of course, make wine! I'll drop you an email.


  5. Hello David - Good stuff! I've enjoyed going through your blog and the recent video was nicely done. By way of a brief intro, I've been (part-timing, out of love) vineyard manager at Morgan Creek Winery & Vineyard here in southwestern Minnesota for about three years now. With no real background and zero formal training, I've been absorbing as much vineyard management info as I can find. It's nice to run across your sort of post! "Blogging" is also sort of new to me, but I just wanted to, again, say good job.

  6. hi dave...enjoyed the in the middle of trying to figure out how to prune my vines and your video was very helpful...i have 500 vines in maui hawaii in alittle home vineyard....alan

  7. My Husband and I have started a backyard vineyard on our ten acres in KY.
    We were encouraged to do so by a local winery, but now growers around here are having a hard time selling their grapes.
    I would really like to learn how to make good wine so that i can just make my own and not depend on these winemakers to make it for me.
    Are you making wine and if so where should I start to learn what i need to know to make good quality wine?

  8. Hi Donna,

    Thanks for stopping by. Sounds like you have a fairly large vineyard. I do make my own wine as a mtter of fact I've been making wine longer than I've been growing grapes, for almost twenty years now. You can certainly make qquality wine, can I ask what varieties you are growing?