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Dense planting

Designation for a high number of at least 6,000 or more vines per hectare. The vines are planted close together within the vine row (but not the vine rows close together). This reduces the load on the vines, which have to bear fewer grapes per hectare for the same harvest volume, but with more flavour and overall extract. The vine is also forced to drive its roots deeper into the soil to ensure a sufficient supply of water and nutrients, which means it is less exposed to the effects of the weather. This means a better supply in dry or droughty conditions, thus avoiding water stress. However, this method is not generally an advantage, but must be decided according to the soil type. For example, it requires permeable soil. For more information on this topic, see also vine training, vineyard care and grapevine.

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