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Defoliation

Initially, the leaves of the vine serve to protect the newly formed bunch, but they must also allow light and air to reach the grapes, thus benefitting their quality and healthiness. When the colour of the young grapes begins to change and the bunch is coloured, it is necessary to intervene manually, to make sure the grapes are exposed to aeration and sunlight, although not excessively so. This encourages correct ripeness, avoids mould formation and offers direct access to the bunch in case of disease. Avoiding areas that are too dense with vegetation between the rows helps protect the vine and, once again, allows specific intervention only if and when it is needed.

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