Pruning Grapevines

Grapevines need pruning, both in the vineyard and at home. The ways of pruning a grapevine are as numerous as the regions they come from, and the art of it can seem a bit overwhelming at first. Luckily, the grapevine is a very flexible and easily manipulated plant; the most common mistake people make is that they don't prune enough! Anyone who observes his/her vine over the years will get to know quite quickly which pruning technique the vine responds to best. This section provides you with comprehensive information on this topic, while the training of grapevines is described in a separate section.

General Info

A quick introduction to grapevine-pruning


Traditional pruning techniques

Winter Pruning

Concepts, terminology, and general info

Spur Pruning

For beginners

Rod Pruning


Cane Pruning

For high yields


Every 5 - 10 years

Thinning Out

Neglected and poorly cared for vines


Restoring a vine after a facade reconstruction

How to Prune a Grapevine

Detailed instruction


An explanation...

Bending / Tying

When cane (long) pruning

Trunk Care

Avoiding blockages to sap flow

Shoot Thinning and Removal

What to do in April / May

Pinching Back Shoot Tips

What to do in June

Summer Pruning

What to do in July

Table Grapes

The rewards of additional care and maintenance