|Pruned chardonnay vine|
Still, he is patient once he begins. He studies each before cutting, thinking of not only of the health of the vine and this coming year’s fruit, but of next year’s as well. Natalio’s psychic relationship with the vines affords this larger perspective and continuity from year to year.
As long as the vines have not budded out, which will not happen for several weeks, the goats are allowed in the vineyard to browse. (Goats love grape leaves!)