Robert Steinhauer

Maximizing Quality from High-Yielding Vineyards: Achieving Vine Balance (2-Tape Set)


Unified Wine & Grape Symposium ~ 1998

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Is the axiom that higher yields lead to poor quality wines a myth? Recent innovations in spacing, trellising and canopy management have allowed for increased yields and improved fruit quality. This session addresses issues related to today's production practices: What is a reasonable definition of vine balance and how do you achieve it? How should yields be evaluated with the current range of spacing and trellis configurations? Which canopy management practices are being employed in different growing regions? Can wine quality be improved by increasing crop load? Do close-spaced vineyards produce better wines than wide-spaced vineyards with similar yields? How are management practices influenced by wine price points?