Thank you for Darla Hoffmann, Melanie Chang, Michelle Paris, and Kamal Malik for contributing to last week's discussion on Palo Cortado! Geoff also left an important note on the end so be sure to take a peek if you missed it!
This week: Cool Climate Viticulture
Describe methods vineyard managers can use to encourage ripening in cooler climates and growing years.
Vertical Shoot Positioning, just to piggyback on Jeremy's response, is commonly used in cool climate viticulture to mitigate risk of fungal disease [better air circulation] as well as to provide greater sunlight exposure to the fruiting zone. Within VSP, shoots are trained in a vertical fashion along guide wires. With proper canopy management, the fruit is healthier and the earlier sun expose during the growing season encourages even ripening within the grape bunches.