Vineyard Calendar

Your month-by-month guide to what is happening in Franschhoek’s vineyards

January: Cellar prepared for pressing season

February: Harvest time

March: Harvest time

April: Prepare new vineyards

May: General maintenance

June: Pruning after leaves have fallen

July: Pruning and planting

August: Ploughing in of cover crop

September: Trellising and spring fertilizer

October: Tipping: the removal of the first 2-5 cm of growing shoot to enhance development and allowing the fruit to set better

November: Topping: the removal of 15-25 cm of a young growing shoot, by hitting it off with a strong switch or thin stick, to allow good air circulation and prevent disease

December: Irrigation, hedging and disease control