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Defoliation

Defoliation is the removal of leaves from the grapevine. Commonly defoliation is conducted around the grape (bunch) zone. This is done to ensure that bunches get more sunlight and therefore ripen better, and / or to reduce moisture and humidity in the grape zone which reduces the risk of botrytis. Defoliation of the grape zone is also more specifically called ‘cluster zone leaf removal’.

 

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