In today’s episode, we are talking about unique or alternative pruning scenarios and methods with guests John Thull and Marco Tessari. We discuss viticulture for cold climates, unique pruning techniques from around the globe, and more. John has a degree in biology with a plant focus and spent time in Germany doing an apprenticeship. He now lives in Minnesota, where the temperatures can get well below freezing, and specializes in grape breeding and enology, with a focus on cold-climate grapes and wine. Marco is from Italy and is back on the episode for the second time to discuss two unusual pruning techniques: the Sylvoz and Cazenave methods.
Listen in as we talk about these non-traditional vineyard pruning techniques.
In this episode, you will hear:
- How John pioneered cold-hardy grapes at the University of Minnesota that can withstand extreme winter temperatures.
- What techniques, such as ‘insurance buds’ and ‘spare parts pruning’ are.
- The unique pruning methods for maintaining vine health and grape quality in cold climates.
- Global variations in vine pruning practices from Marco.
- Vineyard management challenges in cold climates.
- Descriptions of the Sylvoz and Cazenave pruning techniques.
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The pruning methods that Marco describes are the Sylvoz and Cazenave techniques.
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John Thull is a researcher at the University of Minnesota. John specializes in Grape Breeding and Enology with a focus on cold climate grapes and wine.
Marco Tessari is an international pruning expert based out of Montebelluna, Italy. Marco works with vineyards all over the world in person and virtually and is revolutionizing the art and science of vineyard pruning.
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