Summer pruning – or “el desniete” as it is called in Spanish – is a practice that is carried out in the vineyard to remove unnecessary vine shoots that could impair the correct ripening of the bunches. The objective is to better aerate the plant and try to ensure that nutrients are directed to the grapes and do not remain in the leaves.
During the ripening phase of the grapes, it is necessary for the bunches to be aerated, without excess vegetation, to favour the circulation of air and to minimize the amount of time that dew is in contact. On the other hand, the movement of the leaves in the wind ensures sufficient light penetration within the canopy, allowing illumination levels higher than the compensation point and high levels of photosynthesis within the interior leaves.
The ideal moment for summer pruning or trimming is once flowering has occurred and the grapes are the size of peas, to avoid stopping photosynthesis and lessening the quality of the grapes. This preventive measure ensures vine health with the use of fewer phyto-sanitary treatments, helping us to carry out sustainable viticulture free from aggressive treatments to the natural environment surrounding Viña Lanciano.
This is one of the vineyard tasks that our field team carries out every year to ensure higher levels of quality in our fruit, as we know that wines start on their pathway to greatness in the vineyard. As testimony to this, our maxim is “winemaking starts with vine growing.”
Difficult, manual and strictly controlled labour that only an experienced field team can carry out; with results that are reflected at the time of harvest.
In Bodegas LAN the care of the vines and respect for the natural surroundings form part of our daily efforts to create the best wines. Respect for the land and the rational balance of nature have become one of our distinguishing traits.
Looking after the vineyard down to the smallest detail is #VeryLAN