Too many grapes spoil the crop

Well-kept grape vines
Well-kept grape vines should produce only one or two bunches of grapes per shoot to produce the best-quality wines

Viticulture is a weird form of farming. It is perhaps the only one where the grower tries to restrict the amount of fruit that his crop produces.

Yield is a measure of that amount. It is often expressed in hectolitres per hectare but can also be measured in Kg/vine.

That is because the grapevine, left to its own devices, would produce more bunches of grapes than it could ripen to the level required to make wine. The vine doesn't care. It doesn't know we grow it to make wine. It is happy if birds eat the berries and spread its seeds.

Vignerons need to find a way ...

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