East End: Wolffer Estate Vineyard

Before they get ready for the next growing season, vineyards have to be pruned. News 12's Doug Geed took a look at the work they do at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack.

News 12 Staff

Feb 8, 2021, 1:39 PM

Updated 1,164 days ago

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Before they get ready for the next growing season, vineyards have to be pruned. News 12's Doug Geed took a look at the work they do at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack.
Outside, they are pruning. Inside, they are bottling. And while the winter winery work continues, so does serving their wine to customers indoors, although with pandemic precautions. They are now open seven days a week.
Wolffer has a large outdoor patio that's covered and enclosed by remote-controlled panels that allow air to flow. They have heaters, but in the wide-open space, you might have to wear a coat.
Outside, the single most labor intensive job in the vineyard is pruning. Vineyard manager Richie Pisacano oversees 50 acres of grapevine pruning.
The idea is to cut off some of last year's branches, or shoots as they're called, and use others to become the main vines for this year's fruit.


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