What to do in wineries during winter: discover with us winter pruning

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It is January and winter creeps in silently, enveloping the vineyards in a deafening silence. But behind this apparent calm, there is a vital activity taking place: the pruning of the vines. This crucial moment has a decisive influence on the quality of the following year’s harvest.

Let’s discover together the art of this age-old practice, its advantages and how to become protagonists of this fascinating process through an experience on Divinea.com

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The importance of winter pruning or dry pruning

Pruning vines is a fundamental agronomic practice to ensure the health and productivity of a vineyard. The ideal time to carry it out is from November to March, but it all depends on the geographical area and climatic conditions in which the vineyard is located.

This delicate process shapes the shape of the plants, promotes air circulation and sunlight penetration, and prepares the soil for an abundant harvest. Each cut is a considered decision, a step towards creating a quality harvest.

Winter pruning is not just a technical operation; it is an act of connection with the earth and the seasons. Through the shaping of the vines, winegrowers directly influence the quantity and quality of the grapes that will be produced. This moment, if approached with respect and care, can determine the fate of the vineyard for the entire year.

5 advantages of pruning vines in winter

  1. Growth control: Winter pruning helps to maintain the desired size and shape of the vine, avoiding overgrowth that could compromise the quality and quantity of the harvest.
  2. Improvement of fruit quality: By selectively removing certain parts of the plant, resources are concentrated on producing high quality grapes.
  3. Disease prevention: Removing superfluous leaves and branches promotes better air circulation and reduces humidity, thus reducing the risk of fungal diseases and moulds.
  4. Increased sun exposure: Well executed pruning allows greater exposure of the grapes to sunlight, facilitating photosynthesis and contributing to optimal fruit ripening.
  5. Ease of management: A well pruned vineyard is easier to manage, simplifying operations such as harvesting and general plant care.

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Become a protagonist and live a unique experience thanks to Divinea

If you want to experience at first hand the emotion of winter pruning of the vines, Divinea offers you the opportunity to be a protagonist of this important process at the Lefiole winery in Oltrepò Pavese. The face-to-face experience with nature takes place during the months of January and February, offering a unique opportunity to get close to the heart of the vine’s life cycle.

Taking part in the winter pruning will allow you to learn the techniques directly from expert winegrowers and will be a way to connect with history, the land and the winemaking tradition.


Pruning vines in winter is an agricultural practice that requires experience and attention, but the benefits it can bring to the vineyard are invaluable. Investing time and energy in proper winter pruning is therefore an essential step in ensuring a high quality harvest.

Choose to be part of this story and dive into the heart of winter vineyard pruning, discover with us the dedicated event at Lefiole on Divinea.com.


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