Bud rubbing between three and four thousand plants a day is not for everyone.
Of all the manual tasks in a vineyard, bud rubbing must be one of the most physically painful. And inevitably, the time of year has rolled around again when those buds must be rubbed.
"It's one of those thankless tasks; a real back-breaking job".
Bud rubbing involves workers rubbing and twisting their hands down a vine's trunk to remove shoots and buds – a task which involves repetitive bending and squatting.
Basically, we bud rub because it promotes growth further up the plant, it also helps when we spray so the vines won't be competing with weeds,
Timing is critical because ideally you only really want to do this once!