This time of year the vines are in their prime. They grow over the top of the trellis and need to be trimmed back.
Most vineyard operators will use tractor-mounted equipment to trim back acres of vines at a time, to result in picturesque perfect hedges. At Broken Stone we are in startup mode, so our equipment is pretty basic. I use a set of garden shears and clip away all day. The sun shines, the bird sing, and I clip.
I’ve been told that in Okanagan they use machetes to hedge their vines. So last weekend I went to Canadian Tire and bought a cheap machete. It was fun pretending to be a vVneyard Samurai for a few minutes, but after a while I returned to my trusty garden shears.The machete was just too hard on the vines.
In the picture, the row on the right needs to be hedged, and I just finished the row on the left.