Wine by S. Pratsch

knitting in 2nd pass, "Ostutzn"

A few weeks after the first pass, the shoots are "knitted in" again in the middle of the summer heat. The long shoots now extend beyond the 2nd double wire so that they can be well supported by it after knitting in. Later, if necessary, these shoots are also shortened mechanically (= "Ostutzn") to prevent them from breaking off due to their own increasing weight or the wind. 
If the previous winter is comparatively mild, there are often a lot of mice in the vineyard at this time - one of the natural enemies of our grapes. The ripe grape berries bitten by mice then begin to rot very quickly. In addition, diseases of individual vines can be spread to several vines by mice nibbling on them.   

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