Early Grape Development & Flowering
This is always an exciting time at Gamba! In Spring, we are in the stage of early grape development and flowering, where the maximum grape yield is set for the season.
We are currently pre-flowering, and have been shoot thinning for the past weeks. This is a tedious job requiring no short amount of skill, and is very important for overall quality. We have elected to thin some of the clusters at an early stage this year as well, to conserve vine energy.
The next step in the vine cycle is flowering, and this stage will begin shortly.
Most Vitis Vinifera grape vines are self-pollinating. At the beginning of the flowering process, a fused cap of petals known as the calyptra is visible. The calyptra is shed, liberating the pollen from the anthers of the stamen.
Gentle breezes play a small role in aiding pollination, with the process being mostly self-contained within the vine. The small clusters are pollinated over a week or two and during that time remain vulnerable to frost. The clusters are tended as they grow, and as the grapes are set and begin to develop, clusters are thinned again and leaves around them are pruned to allow the most sun to reach the grapes.
Until next time…
The Gamba Family