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Seppi prunes his vines

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After the activity of the harvest, the wine maker leaves the vines and devotes the main part of his time to the vinification. As soon as January arrives he leaves the sombre cellars to go out into the light and open air to prune his beloved vines.

View of the Noble Valley and the Alsace plain from the Zinnkoepflé slopes

Follow Seppi onto the Riesling slope where he gives kindly advice on pruning to Marlène, a German high school student from the Palatinat staying at the winery to gain experience. The daughter of a wine maker she is taking advantage of the opportunity to discover other techniques and regions.


1. All the new shoots just under the first wire are eliminated. Seppi uses electric secateurs to reduce the effort required and make the work less tiresome.

2. The end of the canes are cut off after the sixth bud to limit production (the legislation authorizes the double).

3. Eliminate the canes that re not parallel to the row (to make vine care easier).

4. When the root is sufficiently robust (this is generally the case) two canes are kept (double Guyot pruning) which are folded back to be attached to the first wire.

5. As well you prepare the beginning of a cane called spur (on the left of the photo). This spur will not bear fruit, but provide the wood needed for next year’s pruning.

6. Application of the lesson: Marlène is attentive and pleased and does her first pruning under the watchful eye of Seppi.

Epilogue:Like Windows, the modern winemaker is multifunctional: Pruning does not stop Seppi from carrying out his work on his cell phone with his usual joviality!