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September 2006
Managing Your Canopy to Prevent Overexposed Fruit
Wine quality may be at risk when fruit is overexposed to sunlight or when too many leaves are removed from the fruit zone.
by Mark Greenspan
Sunlight is probably more important to winegrowing than is both water or nutrient availability, and its availability throughout the year limits the regions where winegrapes may be successfully grown. I frequently see vineyards with leaves stripped from the fruit zone, with clusters hanging helplessly, baking in the midday sun. Perhaps some members of our industry have looked at the cover of Richard Smart and Mike Robinson's Sunlight into Wine1 book without getting further into the meat of ...
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