Here am I, laden with a battery power pack and powerful electric secateurs, cutting out all of the previous year's growth, except a single cane. This is then bent over to allow new shoots to grow upwards from the one new stem.
Only two supporting wires were cut as I was getting the hang of the task!
The cut vines are later removed and placed between the rows. They are then mulched by a tractor to produce humus to maintain soil structure.
Wine has been made here in Rheinhessen since Roman times and the soil needs all the help it can get.