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August 2006
Mountain and Steep-Slope Viticulture
The first international conference on steep-slope viticulture explores how specially designed training and management systems allow for more feasible production.
by Franco Ziliani
Tending a mountain vineyard takes virtually twice as many man-hours as tending a flat or slightly sloped vineyard. Forget about the flat or rolling vineyards of Bordeaux or California, where mechanization is easy and it is possible to rationalize all operations from pruning to picking. Forget about the possibility of irrigation or any comparison of the management of the vineyard to gardening. Mountain viticulture could be described without excessive exaggeration as "heroic," a labor of love unde...
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