Grapevine growth cycle depends on weather conditions. In spring grapevines “wake up” and start its’ annual growth cycle with budburst, which ends in fall with leaf falling, followed by winter dormancy. According to its growth phase, the grapevine has different needs and requirement for successful growth and development which winegrowers need to fulfill in order to harvest healthy and fully mature berries. Therefore, vineyard management calendar depends on grapevine growth cycle.
Vineyard management calendar is based on the annual grapevine growth cycle.
The growth phase of grapevine varies based on climate, weather, variety, and other growing conditions. Since there are a lot of different conditions for grapevine growth and grape development it’s hard to fully aligned growth phases with the yearly calendar. However, it’s possible to give some frameworks to work activities in the vineyard. The picture below shows the vineyard management calendar based on annual grapevine growth cycle, by months of the year, for the Northern hemisphere (namely in Europe). For the Southern hemisphere, the season – the annual grapevine growth cycle – and thus vineyard management calendar has to be seen the other way around.