What do you think about when you sit down to enjoy a glass of wine? Do you consider from where it came? Might you reflect on how it tastes in comparison to other wines you’ve consumed? Do you wonder how much work went into creating the delicious nectar you are drinking? Have you ever given much thought about what winemakers do once the previous season’s wine is barreled? A hint, though you may guess, a lot of work goes into that glass of wine you are pouring, and it begins shortly after the last season has been barreled and cellared for aging or bottled and shipped for sale. Let’s run through the seasons and examine the tasks that take place in the vineyard during the “off” season. There will be exceptions, but for the most part these activities occur in almost all vineyards.

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