2. Canopy management

Canopy management is the organisation of the shoots, leaves and fruit of the grapevine to maximise the quality of microclimate surrounding them, thus helping improve quality and yield. Assessing a canopy will provide site specific information and inform canopy management decisions.

Features of an ideal cool climate canopy:

  • Maximum exposed leaf area
  • Homogeneous canopy density at 15 shoots/metre
  • Homogeneous canopy thickness of no more than 2 leaves
  • 60% or more fruit exposed
  • 10 – 20 node shoot length
  • Renewal & fruiting zones well aerated and exposed to the sun
  • Shoots droop after veraison
Best Practice

Canopy is assessed throughout the ripening period using point quadrat method and/or visual assessments.

No minimum standard guideline has been defined for Canopy management.