"Working the Land" (Viticulture)

Viticulture: Grenache At-A-Glance
Vigor (low/high)
Relatively easy to grow. Moderately to highly vigorous and managed by rootstock selection, crop thinning, spacing and clone matching as well as, where legal, managed irrigation.
Performs qualitatively at its best in gravelly,stony soils and well in sandy soils (naturally moderates vigor), also limestone. Quite drought-resistant.
Yield (potential)
If left unchecked, high. For quality, depending on vigor and winemaker intent, green harvesting for concentration of flavor and color depth can be practiced, as high yields equal dilute flavor and low berry pigmentation. Grenache is susceptible to potenti
Growth cycle
Relatively early budding, but late ripening; hence need for warmer climates
Susceptible to downy mildew, botrytis, Phomopsis (dead arm), grapevine bacterial necrosis, and can be susceptible to millerandage

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