During down periods, I pruned. It’s important to unburden grapevines of weight and growth so they can start next spring’s growth with maximum vigor. And since a worried plant fruits best, well-pruned vines carry into winter dormancy an urge to flower and set more fruit next year.
Though pruning is good meditation, it’s sad dropping bunch after bunch of overripe, mildewed, and sometimes perfectly good grapes to the ground. At the end of the day, I couldn’t help taking the best bunches back to Villore to juice and mix with sparkling water for a sip of something better than Grape Nehi and a taste of things to come.