How ripe and how healthy are the grapes? The answers to these questions are decisive for the quality of the wine we can make. So we focus on achieving ripe, healthy grapes, with a yearly calendar driven by that goal. Our year begins with pruning. Every winter, each vine is pruned back to a single two-year-old shoot. From this shoot, the new sprouts will emerge that bear the grape bunches. We prune the shoot to a length determined by the number of buds, so as to limit the number of grape bunches.